Definition of downland in English:



  • [mass noun] Gently rolling hill country, especially in southern England.

    • ‘The county is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers one of the largest expanses of chalk downland in southern England.’
    • ‘Butterfly Conservation supports the provision of alternative chalk downland at Magdalen Hill as it will extend the existing butterfly reserve.’
    • ‘The climate was temperate but windy, the terrain a mixture of downland, rocky hills and peat bogs.’
    • ‘The Adonis Blue is one of the most characteristic species of southern chalk downland, where it flies low over short-grazed turf.’
    • ‘Under the act, the public can walk across 237,000 acres of moor, mountain, heath and downland in Cornwall, Devon and western Somerset that were previously closed, including 116,000 acres of Dartmoor national park.’
    • ‘The smooth humps of downland suited his purpose.’
    • ‘He asks: ‘If dogs are meant to be on leads on other downlands, some of which fall within the national park boundary, why can we not ask owners to have them on leads on the Crown land during the bird-nesting season?’’
    • ‘Green space has also been allocated in the framework, which includes plans for a country park and resource centre near Worting Wood Farm, and restoration of chalk downland.’
    • ‘New rotations boosted cereal output in regions like East Anglia and the southern downlands, as they improved arable-land quality in these light-soiled areas, formerly dominated by sheep rearing.’
    • ‘I prefer to walk on the broad, open downland, where the path follows my own moment, now uphill, now down, embracing the whole rise and fall of the land rather than merely tracing a route over it.’
    • ‘Late in the 3rd millennium BC, a round barrow was raised over a Beaker grave at Hemp Knoll in the chalk downland of southern England, three miles south-west of Avebury in Wiltshire.’
    • ‘The original line-up of the band, then known as Easy Cure, came together at school in Crawley, a brash post-war new town tacked onto a sleepy village in the heart of the rolling green downland of Southern England.’
    • ‘Not one, not two, but 2,300 varieties of Britain's favourite fruit grow here, all deliciously arranged across acres of russety Kentish downland.’
    • ‘This is a traditional and natural method of maintaining chalk downland and it helps create a habitat which encourages wild flowers and butterflies.’
    • ‘Almost 100,000 hectares of moor, heath and downland can be yomped across for the first time, and there are guided walks throughout this week to celebrate.’
    • ‘The trusts hope the new approach will help halt the decline in some UK species and habitats, such as Wiltshire's chalk downland.’
    • ‘Surrounded by flower rich limestone downland, it is also a breeding site for many species of birds, insects and plants as well as amphibians.’
    • ‘The largest and finest henge monument in Britain set on the rolling chalk downlands of southern England near the headwaters of the River Kennet.’
    • ‘Richard Uridge travels to Twyford Down near Winchester, one of the few chalk downlands in southern England.’
    • ‘The Act will open up the countryside further giving walkers the right to roam over much of the country's moorland, mountains, heath, downland and registered common land.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa
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