Corfe Barrows Nature Park

A diverse selection of separate and varied habitats brought together under one banner.

 
 

Site Name Corfe Barrows Nature Park
Protection
  • Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
  • BCP Council
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
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Corfe Barrows Nature Park

Corfe Barrows Nature Park: Two and two make five! -

There are times when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that seems to be true of Corfe Barrows Nature Park. It is a collection of fragments of land that were unsuitable for development or agriculture and so survived the expansion of Poole that have now been acquired under the Great Heaths project and brought together into a single nature reserve or 'park'.

The core of the new park is Barrow Hills, an area of heathland to the north of Poole that has been designated as a nature reserve for some time now. The nearby disused railway track that runs towards Broadstone forms the backbone of the park and then other pockets of land at Happy Bottom, Rushcombe Bottom, Ashington Meadows and Cogden Elms form the flesh. A further established heathland nature reserve at Corfe Hills, not quite connected as the other parts, completes the package along with an inaccessible boggy area at Diprose Bottom.

I started my first visit by parking near Happy Bottom and following the trail through the wet wooded valley to the railway cutting before turning south along the railway cutting This is wooded on both sides and damp in places but board walks make it completely accessible. After a while you come to rough pasture at Ashington Meadows and from here I turned back and took the path westwards to the dry heath of Barrow Hill and the wet heath of Rushcome Bottom. Turning north the track then goes through Cogden Elms, a wooded area, back to the starting point. It took a little over an hour and the route took me through a variety of habitats with plenty to interest the casual naturalist.

There are various identified routes through this collection of sites of varying degrees of accessibility.

Corfe Barrows Nature Park

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Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, BCP Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, 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

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

13
A2

Scrub

12
B3

Calcareous Grassland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

6
J3

Built-up areas

6
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

19
W09

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

16
W08

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

15
W07

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

11
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

8
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

8
W04

Betula pubescens - Molinia caerulea [Downy Birch/Purple Moor Grass] woodland

7
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

7
H03

Ulex minor - Agrostis curtisii [Dwarf gorse/Bristle bent] heath

6
H04

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

6
Site Notables
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
23-08-17

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The number of species recorded per species group: