Morden Bog National Nature Reserve
An extensive area of wet bog in Wareham Forest surrounded by dry heath and woodland.
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Morden Bog: bog by name, bog by nature -
Morden Bog was featured on the BBC Springwatch programme in 2010; it is where Simon King was using fantastic slow motion photography to film a hobby catching dragonflies.
Morden Bog is exactly what it says on the label - a bog. Much of the area is really not suitable for casual walkers and much of the wildlife interest lies within the bog. However, there is lots outside the bog to interest the amateur naturalist and is well worth a visit, especially in summer. However, in winter some unusual birds frequently turn up, great grey shrike, for example.
The site is designated as a National Nature Reserve and with good reason! In the boggy areas are several very scarce plants including marsh clubmoss and it has an outstanding selection of insects including bog bush-cricket and several species of dragonfly and damselfly.
Bleak in winter, a picture in late summer; but well worth a visit any time.
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Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland
Erica tetralix - Sphagnum compactum [Cross-leaved heath/Compact Bog-moss] wet heath
Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub