Visitor Information

We want all visitors to have an enjoyable visit to Collard Hill, taking away memories of the Large blue, the amazing views and the many other species that are present. The Large Blue Ranger will be on site Wednesday – Sunday, other volunteers will be present Monday and Tuesday, to help show you the delights that Collard has to offer and to guide you to areas of the site where the Large blue butterfly has be seen. The visitor information point provides pictorial guides to the Large blue and its life-cycle.

Parking and Accessing Collard Hill

Parking is avaliable at Ivythorn YHA, and from the car park blue topped posts lead you on to Collard Hill. The map below shows the way-marked route along with the location of the visitor information point.

Collard map


When visiting Collard Hill please take the following information into consideration:

  • The site comprises steep slopes and uneven surfaces
  • The weather conditions

We strongly advise wearing good supportive footwear, bringing plenty of liquid in hot weather along with sun hats and sun-cream. In wet weather the site is exposed and can become very slippery so please be careful.

Large Blue Legislation














We hope you have enjoyable visit with many succesfull sightings of the Large Blue along with other insects and plants.


6 thoughts on “Visitor Information

  1. Lottie,
    Thank you. We are about to travel 200 miles to (hopefully) see Large Blues and it is a great confidence builder to have your map and the assurance that someone will be there to help.

    • You are welcome David. I was not on duty the day you visited unfortunately.That is quite a bit of mileage to undertake, I hope you were successful!

  2. Hi Lottie, Many thanks for your help early this morning. It was a great sight seeing the large blues and the other butterflies on the hillside along with the hunting/hovering Kestrels and the supporting Sparrowhawk. Next time I must make an effort to go and see the orchids.

    • Definately Robin, really glad you saw the blues. I shall be on site all weekend and next week although I finish at the end of June. I am about to go to work now so if you drop by I will make sure to show you the orchids, the weather is just horrible but at least Collard has lots of other fantastic wildlife as well as the Large Blues. Poor butterflies though.

  3. After 3 years of trying, finally saw many large blues on 21st June. Thankyou for your assistance & wish you all the best in your studies & career.
    John & Barbara Ward ( West Sussex )

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