Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

A remnant of ancient woodland in the middle of Verwood with good access for wheelchair uses.

 

Site Name Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves
Protection
  • Dorset Council
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/bugdens-meadow
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1006027…
Site Projects
Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves: a part of the fayre wood -

If you follow my reviews you will know I am a bit cynical about nature reserves created in the midst of human development purely because the land was not suitable for building on. Such reserves usually have little natural benefit because of the pressures and disturbance from nearby housing. Well, Bugdens Copse and its neighbour, Bugdens Meadow, took me a bit by surprise! No dog mess to be seen, people walking along well defined paths leaving the bulk of the area untrampled, virtually no external noise from roads and local activities and quite a diverse flora.

It is not a large site, it being a tiny remnant of the ancient forest of Fayre Wood from which the local town of Verwood (that surrounds the copse) derives its name. However, because of its outstanding wildlife and conservation value, the copse and adjoining meadows are declared Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Bugden Meadow is managed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

As I say, it is not a large site and it does not take very long to walk round it but I spent a very pleasant hour there. If you want to visit and to make a day of it why not tie it in with a visit to nearby Dewlands Common and/or Stephens Castle?  

Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

50.877530761308, -1.8759781882194
Dorset Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2
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
E2

Flush and Spring

16
E3

Fen and carr

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H6

Sand Dunes

10
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
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

22
W09

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

21
W08

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

20
W07

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

15
MG05

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

13
M23

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

12
M15

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

9
M16

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

8
M24

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

8
M25

Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire

8
Site Notables
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
17-06-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 72
Birds 13
Non-flowering Plants 3
Mammals 1