Sharford Bridge

A walk across National Trust land which passes through four very different habitats; heath, woodland, damp meadow and arable field.  

Site Name Sharford Bridge
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
5
County Dorset
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Sharford Bridge

Sharford Bridge: The Hartland way -

Our walk to Sharford Bridge and beyond starts from the road across Hartland Moor half way between Scotland Farm and the track down to Middlebere Farm. There are places here where it is possible to safely park off of the road. The path follows a signed cycle route known as the Hartland Way and you will often encounter cyclists along the path but that is not usually a problem.

Having parked if you came by car you first cross some open acid heath grassland and descend to a gateway into a delightful small piece of acid woodland featuring oak.birch trees and various woodland flowers. Emerging from the wood via another gate there is an expanse of damp meadow to your right; this is Corfe Meadows SSSI which I talk about separately on this website.

Sharford bridge itself is not a grand affair; a wooden bridge with stone walls and a wooden gate each end. It crosses the Corfe river and this another good spot for flora and damselflies in summer.

Heading on there are two large seemingly uninteresting fields to cross but look closely and you will find various weeds of cultivation that one does not see very often in these days of herbicidal treatments in pasture meadows. Once across these field and through another gate the path continues on across heathland towards Remptone forest or as far as you want to go. Not long ago this area was covered in forestry plantation but the conifers have gone now and the heath is being restored.

Once you have gone far enough turn round and head back!

Sharford Bridge

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National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5
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
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

18
E3

Fen and carr

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E2

Flush and Spring

15
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

15
H6

Sand Dunes

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
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

25
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

23
MG05

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

22
W09

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

21
M23

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

20
W07

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

19
W08

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

19
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

16
M28

Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire

15
M24

Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow

14
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
08-06-20

A bright and breezy afternoon but pleasant enough; cooling breeze was welcome at times.

  • With no rain for weeks everywhere is parched and there are not many flowers to be seen
  • The damp meadow by the river is still a picture though with oxeye daisy, meadow buttercup and red clover
  • A few meadow brown about but not much else plus a displaying tree pipit
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The number of species recorded per species group: