Middlebere Heath

An excellent example of acid grassland, a unique habitat

 

Site Name Middlebere Heath
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002993…
Site Projects Purbeck Heaths
Middlebere Heath

Middlebere Heath: classic acid grassland -

In summer the acid grasslands of Middelebere Heath are awash with flowers and grasses. It may not have the most diverse array of species but for sheer volume of blooms it surpasses many other sites in the area. Although littered with gorse and bramble there are many open areas where these flowers thrive and many of these species are very common, bordering on abundant and make a loively sight. In amongst the common flowers are some interesting ones too but they can take some finding!

This area was once part of the nearby farm and was improved grassland for grazing. The National Trust now own it and have been actively restoring it to a more natural state and they have done so with remarkable success. The heath is still grazed but now only lightly and by horses instead of cattle and this helps keep the growth of gorse, bramble and bracken under control leaving open areas for the flowers and grasses.

From late April through to September this really is a special place and worthy of a couple of hours for a stroll.     

Middlebere Heath

50.657076362028, -2.05183070841
National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
100% 1
80% 2
60% 13
40% 37
20% 69
Site Notables
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The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
B: Grassland 32
D: Heath 25
H: Coastal 23
A: Woodland 21
E: Bog and Fen 13
C: Upland Habitats 5
J: Brownfield 5
F: Water Margin 3
Site Diary
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12-01-22

Blue skies and sunshine at last and not even really cold either:

  • My first outing…
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29-07-20

Sunny and warm for a walk on the heath but stil that breeze will not go away:

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04-07-19

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30-05-19

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02-10-17

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