The south facing banks support unimproved grassland dating from the creation of the railway. While the area around has become intensively farmed the railway banks in the cutting are relatively undisturbed. They were kept open during the lifetime of the railway for safety reasons and they retained a wide variety of wild flowers.
This area is especially rich because it goes through a chalk soil. After the demise of the railway it had become overgrown with scrub. Our work is to hold back the invasive scrub and create and maintain clearings where wild life can prosper.
You can regularly see Gatekeeper, Common Blue and Orange Tip butterflies along the Cutting in the summer.