Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Dry, humid and wet heath, bog, pools and the tadnoll stream make for a diversity of habitat in a lovely setting.

 

Site Name Tadnoll Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/tadnoll-winfrith-heath
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001067…
Site Projects
Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Tadnoll: a jewel in the crown -

Tadnoll is a reserve I visit when I just want a peaceful walk and to not get too engrossed in nature recording. There is plenty to record as the species list shows but the main pathway around the upper part of the reserve is so peaceful, interesting and just plain pleasant it is nice just to stroll around! Apart from the occasional train passing by and the occasional bird song there is little other noise and one does not see many other people there, just a few dog walkers.

Although immediately to the west of Winfrith Heath and adjacent to it, it is so different in character and so much more varied in habitat and diversity of species. In addition to dry heath and acid grassland there are extensive areas of wet heath and the added interest of the Tadnoll Brook running through with the added interest it brings. Something for everyone and all interests at Tadnoll.

A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve, of course, and one of the many special places they manage; Tadnoll is certainly one of the jewels in their crown. 

NOTE: Since writing this a significant amount of "site management" has taken place and heavy plant has been used which has done considerable damage to some of the paths making walking difficult at times for the less abled. A large area of birch woodland has been grubbed out and the site is something of a mess. The verges of one of the paths have been cut back and it appears that the orchids may have been affected. Personally I am not impressed with what has been done and I wonder what benefit it will really bring? I am no expert in habitat management but I hope there really is a significant long term benefit from the short term destruction.

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

50.676912829068, -2.2725925696242
Dorset Wildlife Trust, 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

20
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E3

Fen and carr

15
H6

Sand Dunes

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
E2

Flush and Spring

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E1

Bog

10
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

10
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
W10

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

27
W09

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

20
W08

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

19
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

17
M15

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

17
W07

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

16
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

16
M16

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

13
M23

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

12
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

11
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
29-08-20

First chance for a proper nature walk for some time so off to Tadnoll

  • Despite visiting Tadnoll several times in the past today was the first time I have seen the Turkey oaks
  • Devil's-bit scabious is in flower and looking good now
  • Found a pair of Eristalis nemorum with the male hovering guard over the egg-laying female
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The number of species recorded per species group: