Brands Bay

The area just inside Poole harbour entrance, to the south, known for wildfowl and wader watching in winter

 

Site Name Brands Bay
Protection
  • National Trust
  • National Nature Reserve
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Brands Bay

Brands Bay -

The purist will tell you that Brands Bay is a specific area of south eastern Poole Harbour but I am using the name to identify an area of the harbour from the south of the harbour entrance, the Shell Bay side of the car ferry terminal, around to the point where the coastline becomes inaccessible as it is private estate with no access. My 'Brands Bay' is much bigger then the actual 'Brands Bay'!

Being at the eastern end of the harbour, near the the entrance, tidal flow is much stronger and faster than up at the western end and so the habitat is very different to the areas around, for example, Holes Bay and Lytchett Bay. There is very little saltmarsh here, more mud, sand and stone. When the tide is out large expanses of mudflats are exposed and waders, ducks and geese are quick to take advantage but as the tide comes in and it covers quickly the birds fly west to the saltmarshes further in land. I have also included my records for the strip of heathland that runs to the west of Shore road down to the coastline as, to access the shore, you need to cross parts of this heath which is, technically, part of Studland heath!

In trying to categorise somewhere it is not always possible to match it to existing names, it makes more sense to change things around a bit. Sorry!   

Brands Bay

50.66567287005, -1.9773296768634
National Trust, National Nature Reserve
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

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E3

Fen and carr

14
H2

Saltmarsh

13
A2

Scrub

12
H6

Sand Dunes

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B3

Calcareous Grassland

10
E1

Bog

10
E2

Flush and Spring

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
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
H03

Ulex minor - Agrostis curtisii [Dwarf gorse/Bristle bent] heath

5
W10

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

5
H02

Calluna vulgaris - Ulex minor [Ling/Dwarf gorse] heath

4
H04

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

4
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

4
M23

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

3
W14

Fagus sylvatica - Rubus fruticosus [Beech/Bramble] woodland

3
W25

Rubus fruticosus - Pteridium aquilinum [Bramble/Bracken] underscrub

3
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