Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

Varied, interesting habitat along the course of the Bourne river as it runs though Wallisdown and Branksome towards the sea.

 

Site Name Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve: exceeding expectations -

I arrived at Bourne Valley nature reserve expecting another example of heathland that was spared during the expansion of Bournemouth and Poole after the war. To an extent that is what I found with quite a large area to the south of the reserve, known locally as Talbot Heath, being dry gorse and heather on quite steep slopes. However, I quickly discovered Bourne Valley is much more than that. As its name implies a borne, or small river, runs through the reserve and the reserve itself runs along about four miles of this stream; too much for me to cover in one visit so my species list will not reflect the full extent of what can be seen here until I am able to get back there to look further north.

In addition to the heath you will fine streamside wooded vegetation, some attractive woodland (predominantly oak and silver birch), an area of grassland with chalk influences and some wild scrub along the valley bottom. These diverse habitats make for a wide diversity of species which, as I said above, I have hardly started to record.

I had low expectations of these reserves in Poole and Bournemouth that are surrounded by housing but Bourne Valley is yet another that raised my hopes for the future. Much work is being done to protect them and from what I saw the local people seem to respect what they have here.  

Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

50.733595515771, -1.9081647136666
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
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These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

11
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
E1

Bog

9
E2

Flush and Spring

9
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

9
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
M15

Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath

11
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

9
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

9
M16

Erica tetralix - Sphagnum compactum [Cross-leaved heath/Compact Bog-moss] wet heath

8
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

8
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

8
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

7
H03

Ulex minor - Agrostis curtisii [Dwarf gorse/Bristle bent] heath

6
H04

Ulex gallii - Agrostis curtisii [Western gorse/Bristle bent] heath

6
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

6
Site Notables
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
13-08-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: