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White Cliffs of Dover

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Photo: White Cliffs of Dover, UK ⋆ Travellon

The White Cliffs of Dover is the name given to the English coastline that faces the Strait between Dover and France. Its contrast to the ocean is magnificent. I still remember seeing it when I was twelve so I'm really excited about mentioning it in the Ashmore.

The cliff face reaches up to 350 feet and its composition is made of white chalk accented by the odd streak of black flint. The cliffs are on both sides of the town of Dover in Kent and stretch along eight miles.

Photo: Google Maps

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The grassland above the cliffs is the perfect environment for many species of wildflowers, butterflies and birds. It’s been designated a Special Area of Conservation. Volunteers clear invasive plants that threaten the native flora with the help of these special animals below.

Exmoor Ponies

Photo: Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group MEPBG

The flower-rich grassland owes its existence to the age-old tradition of livestock grazing. A programme utilising two herds of Exmoor ponies has been set up by the National Trust. The ever-encroaching thickets of bushes and trees are kept at bay so that the fine chalk grassland flowers are able to thrive. This helps the trust to avoid intensive human intervention.

Check out this flower. It gives me the collywobbles.

Early Spider Orchid

Photo: Flickriver

Among the wildflowers are orchids, the rarest is the Early Spider Orchid with yellow-green/brown-green petals and looks like the name it was given.

I was really excited to learn during my research that my favourite bird, the falcon, lives in this area also.