Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve

A narrow, wooded valley running from Branksome down to Poole Harbour.

 

Site Name Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000086…
Site Projects BCP Reserves
Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve

Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve: mud, mud, glorious mud! -

I always try to be positive about the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots I visit but occasionally I find one that disappoints me. Sadly, that was the case with Luscombe Valley. Why? Firstly, it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and so I expected to see quite a bit including a couple of species I had not encountered before but I find on closer examination much of the SSSI actually lies within Parkstone Golf Club and as such, is inaccessible to the general public. That was my special species I had hoped for gone! Secondly, even in May after little recent rain and wearing walking boots I found much of the nature reserve inaccessible too. There are board walks and made up paths but these tend to lead you to mud. To add to the problems, on the day I visited there was a fallen tree across one of the paths and I had to take a detour though the thick, wet undergrowth and ended up with a bleeding scratch across the back of my neck. All in all, not a successful visit but nonetheless, I will be back in mid-summer to see what is about.  

Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve

50.704305423771, -1.934922434757
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
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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% 5
60% 11
40% 12
20% 58
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 31
E: Bog and Fen 27
A: Woodland 25
D: Heath 22
H: Coastal 21
F: Water Margin 13
J: Brownfield 7
C: Upland Habitats 2
G: Fresh Water 2
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
04-05-16

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