Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve

An extensive area of wet heathland in the heart of Purbeck with some very interesting species


Site Name Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve
  • National Trust
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
County Dorset
More Information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dorsets-national-nature-reserves/dor…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002993…
Site Projects Purbeck Heaths
Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve

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.  

Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve

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National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
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% 12
80% 16
60% 51
40% 72
20% 111
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 32
E: Bog and Fen 30
A: Woodland 26
D: Heath 25
H: Coastal 25
F: Water Margin 13
J: Brownfield 10
C: Upland Habitats 6
G: Fresh Water 2
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos