Hibbitt Woods Nature Reserve

A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve consisting of two attractive small areas of woodland each side of a road.

 

Site Name Hibbitt Woods Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/hibbitts-woods
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Hibbitt Woods Nature Reserve

Hibbitt Woods: a split personality -

The Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve of Hibbitt Woods is actually two separate pieces of woodland. No doubt they were once one but at some point a track through it has been made in to a road and so separated the two sections. Whilst similar in many ways the two sections have evolved differently have a different feel to them as well as differences in structure and vegetation.

The southern part of the wood is approached through a narrow but wonderful flower meadow full of wild flowers, notably a striking display of common spotted orchids. The wood itself is formed primarily of ash trees which somehow gives a striking difference to oak or beech woodland. A circular path leads round this part of the reserve which makes it an ideal way to see the varied flora and insects. It is not a long walk but an interesting one.

On the north side of the road the woodland has no discernible path and whilst ash again the under storey is less dense and with varied plants and shrubs. The northern woodland is a little smaller than its southern counterpart.

This is not a large reserve but worthy of a visit none the less, especially to see the variation between the two woods. It is also a site for bird's-nest orchid in late spring but I was not able to find it; it may not be visible from the paths I suppose or maybe I just did not look in the right places!    

Hibbitt Woods Nature Reserve

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Dorset Wildlife Trust
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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

7
J3

Built-up areas

7
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

28
W09

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

26
W10

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

21
W07

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

14
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

11
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

11
MG05

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

10
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

9
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

8
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

7
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