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The Chilterns Natural Area

The Chilterns Natural Area is formed from an outcrop of chalk that is exposed on the smooth slopes of the valleys and the scarp slope above the Aylesbury Vale. Extensive deposits of clay-with-flints and glacial deposits that can give rise to acidic soils and heathland overlie the chalk strata of the plateau. The area is tremendously important for wildlife as a large number of ancient woodlands and chalk downlands are present. These support a huge variety of rarities including the ghost orchid, monkey orchid, silver-spotted skipper and Duke of Burgundy butterflies, dormouse and the successfully re-introduced red kite.


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