Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve
An extensive area of wet heathland in the heart of Purbeck with some very interesting species
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Hartland Moor: the moor the merrier -
If Hartland Moor sounds a bleak place you would be right! Although called a moor I am sure those from up north might think it a bit of cheap imitation but Hartland Moor is probably more accurately described as classic Dorset wet heathland, a unique habitat in its own right. It is an extensive area of dry and wet heath with higher ground surrounding a Y-shaped bog system which drains in to the nearby Middlebere Channel, part of Poole Harbour.
Hartland Moor can be bleak on a cold or miserable day in mid-winter but in the late summer and autumn it has a wonderful purple colouring because of the amount of bell heather. Hartland is home to all six species of British native reptiles and as well as specialist heathland birds, insects and flowers. It has many notable species of plants and insects, some nationally scare such as the Dorset heath, marsh gentian and bog orchid. Rare heath and large marsh grasshoppers are present too, as well as bog cricket. We should not forget Dartford warbler and nightjar with hen harriers being frequent visitors in winter.
It has national nature reserve status and rightly so.
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Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris - Thymus polythricus [Sheeps Fescue/Common Bent/Wild Thyme] grassland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland
Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland