Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Once gravel pits, now a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve and a top site for reptiles, insects and flowers.  

Site Name Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/higher-hyde-heath
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000032…
Site Projects
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Higher Hyde Nature Reserve: snakes alive -

Higher Hyde Heath is one of the best places I know for reptiles, both snakes and lizards can be found there. It also features a large fresh water pond and a wet boggy lake which means its good for other wildlife too, especially insects. In spring and summer there are lots of damselflies and dragonflies around these two wet areas and neighbouring vegetation. Add to the animals an interesting flora list and you have one of the best nature reserves in Dorset.

Predominantly heathland habitat with acid woodland Higher Hyde is well worth visiting. The only downside is the noise from the nearby shooting club, the passing army tanks and personnel carriers from Bovington, the plane that tows gliders up in to the sky and the mineral extraction lorries! Despite that Higher Hyde is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours mooching around.

You will notice sheets of tin on the ground, please do not move them as they are part of a research study that is going on.

There is a small car park but there are no other facilities but as you usually only see other wildlife enthusiasts that does not matter.  

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

50.709727039325, -2.2066844183473
Dorset Wildlife Trust, 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

20
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E3

Fen and carr

15
H6

Sand Dunes

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E2

Flush and Spring

13
A2

Scrub

12
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
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

24
W08

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

22
W09

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

22
MG05

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

17
M15

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

16
W07

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

14
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

13
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

12
CG10

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

11
M16

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

11
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
09-06-20

Despite being quite windy a pleasant, warm afternoon:

  • No damsels or dragons and no reptiles either but there were two roe deer
  • Silver studded blue and meadow brown about and a Volucella bombylans
  • Lots of dog-roses and surprised to find a bee orchid and yellow-wort

 

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The number of species recorded per species group: