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Explore the prehistoric history on Salisbury Plain


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Right in the heart of Wiltshire is Salisbury Plain, the largest remaining area of chalk grassland in Northwest Europe and also home to over 2300 prehistoric sites. It is an area abundant in wildlife while the grassland habitats of the plain also support many forms of birdlife. Recently the plain saw the reintroduction of the Great Bustard which was once native to Salisbury Plain.

Salisbury Plain is most famous of course for Stonehenge one of the most recognisable sites in the world and a world heritage site. Stonehenge dates from 3100BC and evolved over a further 1500 year period. The new visitor centre brings the visitor experience at these ancient stones right up to date! Summer and winter solstice is always celebrated here every year.

Chalk carvings such as the Westbury White Horse are equally recognisable and is visible from afar. It is believed to have been cut into the hillside in the 16th century. Today the site supports a lot of insect life in particular the Adonis Blue butterfly.

Market towns of Amesbury, Devizes, Marlborough and Westbury are all found around the edge of Salisbury Plain and are popular with visitors each having their own particular appeal.