Black Hill Heath

A high ridge west of Bere Regis with a fairly steep climb to get to the top. Predominantly gorse and heather sandwiched between agricultural land

 

Site Name Black Hill Heath
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hill_Heath
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1003753…
Site Projects
Black Hill Heath

Black Hill and Turnerspuddle: take me back to the black hill -

Black Hill is a ridge to the west of Bere Regis with a fairly steep climb to get to the top of it. It is predominantly gorse and heather sandwiched between agricultural land, mostly rough pasture. You can see for miles across Dorset from the top. You can approach Black Hill via a footpath from the centre of Bere Regis and from a footpath to the south of Bere Regis at the junction of the road to Briantspuddle although parking is difficult here. My preferred access is from Turnerspuddle where there is limited parking by the church but this is not a busy spot so I have never had a problem during the week. From Turnerspuddle there are various routes up to Black Hill that provide alternative habitat types and make for a more interesting walk. The main path on the ridge itself is well made but in winter suffers from puddling and becomes very muddy thanks to four wheel drive vehicles, mountain bikes and horse riding! That said, it is not a busy place at all, popular mainly with locals for walking.   

Black Hill Heath

50.749149324462, -2.2395245846042
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E2

Flush and Spring

10
E3

Fen and carr

10
H6

Sand Dunes

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

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
W08

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

27
W09

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

27
W10

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

24
W07

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

18
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

11
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

10
M15

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

9
MG05

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

9
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

8
H04

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

7
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Site Diary
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The number of species recorded per species group: