Collard Hill

The Large Blue butterfly became extinct in the UK in 1979 but a habitat restoration programme led to the successful reintroduction of this butterfly on several sites in the Polden Hills, including Collard Hill in 2000. 

This site is owned and managed by the National Trust. 


Good path but very steep in places; walking boots or shoes are recommended. Perhaps a walking pole if you are a little unsteady on your feet.

Key Species

Butterflies: Large Blue


Walk leaflet

For further information, please download our walk leaflet.

Species you may see

Please check the flight times for any species you particularly want to see.  (species pages)

April & May

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June & July

Large Blue, Common Blue, Marbled White


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Collard Hill is just off the B3151 Street to Compton Dundon road at Marshall’s Elm cross roads.  From the recommended parking at the YHA, follow footpaths east through woodland.  Take care crossing the B3151 road at Marshall’s Elm and enter through a kissing gate on to Collard Hill. There is an NT sign here. 

During the Large Blue season, blue-topped posts may be put up by the NT, which direct visitors to Collard Hill. 


Recommended parking is at the National Trust car park (ST 480 345) at the Ivythorn YHA, Ivy Tree Hill, Street.

(Parking charges may apply) 

Public Transport

Bus (77) route Wells to Yeovil stops at the crossroads (Marshalls Elm/Collard Hill).

Check bus times:


Street is the nearest town

Toilets - Southside Car Park, Vestry Road.  Also, in Clarke's shopping village.


Collard Hill Gallery

These photos have been provided by our members during their visits to Collard Hill

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