Deacon Hill forms part of the north-facing scarp facing Magdalen Hill Down, one of our regular sites. It is part of St Kilda's Farm and is grazed by sheep. Although there is ancient woodland at the base of the scarp, secondary woodland and scrub are encroaching on valuable chalk downland, visible in the top half of the photo. We have mainly been working on an area of scrub at the eastern end called Hazel Down.
Our next task will be scrub management.
Meet at the barn on the left side of the lane to the church. From the A31 take Kings Lane towards Chilcomb. At the T-junction, go left and then round the bend to the right then at the next junction follow the lane leading to the church. The barn is on the left after about 150 yards. Look out for our yellow signs.