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
Protection
  • National Trust
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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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…
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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

50.666760923407, -2.0674518959993
National Trust, National 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

20
E3

Fen and carr

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
H6

Sand Dunes

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E2

Flush and Spring

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E1

Bog

10
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
MG05

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

35
CG10

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

32
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

30
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

27
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

27
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

26
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

26
M15

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

26
W10

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

26
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

23
The number of species recorded per species group: