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
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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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

18
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E3

Fen and carr

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
A2

Scrub

12
E2

Flush and Spring

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E1

Bog

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
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
W10

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

13
M15

Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath

12
M16

Erica tetralix - Sphagnum compactum [Cross-leaved heath/Compact Bog-moss] wet heath

8
MG05

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

8
W09

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

7
M23

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

7
W07

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

7
W08

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

6
H04

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

6
CG10

Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris - Thymus polythricus [Sheeps Fescue/Common Bent/Wild Thyme] grassland

6
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Project:
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04-05-16

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The number of species recorded per species group: