Oakers Wood and Bog

Oakers Wood is a lovely peice of woodland and the neighbouring bog is a large area of wet heathland which the footpaths skirts around.

 

Site Name Oakers Wood and Bog
Protection
  • Forestry
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
4
County Dorset
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Oakers Wood and Bog

Oakers Wood and Bog: Double bubble -

The area around Oakers Wood and Bog is, to my eye, the most beautiful part of the Dorset heaths. I think it may be that I spent my early years growing up in the New Forest where the heaths and woodlands are very different to those in Dorset but at Oakers they meet. The open heath, wet bog and scattered acid woodland are just like some of the New Forest around Lyndhurst and Emery Down which have long been favourite haunts of mine. I find the best place to park is at Culpeppers Dish and then walk down to Oakers. At the bottom of the hill the road divides and to the left it goes around the bog and to the right it goes on to the wood. In spring and early summer walk to the wood, in late summer and autumn walk to the bog. There is something of interest from March through until October from spring flowers in the wood to dragonflies around the bog.  At Oakers you get two for the price of one! Double bubble.   

Oakers Wood and Bog

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Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4
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
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

17
E3

Fen and carr

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E2

Flush and Spring

13
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E1

Bog

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

35
W09

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

34
W08

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

32
W07

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

27
MG05

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

20
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

19
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

16
M23

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

16
M15

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

15
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

14
The number of species recorded per species group: