The hill is an outcrop of limestone shaped by glaciation. The geology and consequent vegetation (a combination of woods and open grassland) means it's a unique habitat for wild flowers and butterflies, and hence it has the AONB designation.
In May 2005 it was also discovered to be the 1554th and England's lowest 'Marilyn': a distinct peak defined as having a relative ascent of more than 150 m from a col, irrespective of absolute altitude.
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