Cole Wood

A pleasant and interesting woodland currently mainly mixed plantation but the conifers are being removed which will enhance the area greatly    

Site Name Cole Wood
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  • Forestry
Interest
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County Dorset
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Cole Wood

Cole Wood: Nice and friendly -

Cole Wood is a small but significant area of mixed woodland to the south east of Wool. It is part of the Lulworth Estate and is managed by the estate rangers. It seems to have a nice, friendly feel about it to me, I don't know why!

At some point in the past conifers were introduced; these have now reached maturity and are gradually being thinned which will benefit the site as a whole. I believe the removal of the conifers intended to be permanent and replacements will not be planted.

The woodland is blessed with a good range of spring flora which is well worth a visit and in mid-summer the extensive understory of brambles attracts lots of insects, especially in the frequent sunny glades. The wood is the best site I know for hornets that can be seen in late summer and is the only site where I have ever seen the horntail (or giant wood wasp). There is also a good colony of silver-washed fritillary.

Nice and untidy with much fallen timer left to decompose naturally make for an interesting walk although the footpaths are not, in general, well made and are just tracks between the vegetation so would not suit less able people.

My records for this site include those seen along the road that leads from the west of the wood, along its southern border past Woodstreet Farm.

Cole Wood

50.672970526291, -2.1993029728922
Forestry
4
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

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
B5

Marsh/marshy 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
W09

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

30
W08

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

28
W10

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

28
W07

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

20
MG05

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

15
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

14
M23

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

13
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

12
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

10
M27

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

10
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18-07-20

A bright but very breezy afternoon so a return to Cole Wood seemed a good choice:

  • Most of the flowers are over now so paid a bit more attention to other things
  • Having visited not long ago I really just looked for what was new
  • Some butterflies about but no silver-washed fritillary this time
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15-06-20

A warm, pleasant afternoon despite the breeze; ideal for a woodland walk:

  • Very quiet both in terms of people and wildlife
  • A grey squirrel, several blackbirds and singing wrens, not much else
  • Foxgloves still going stgrong and also yellow pimpernell
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31-03-19

No information was recorded about this visi

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27-06-18

No information was recorded about this visit

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08-10-17

No information was recorded from this visit

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The number of species recorded per species group: