Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

An extensive area of wet bog in Wareham Forest surrounded by dry heath and woodland.

 

Site Name Morden Bog National Nature Reserve
Protection
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
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Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

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.  

Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H6

Sand Dunes

14
E3

Fen and carr

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
E1

Bog

10
E2

Flush and Spring

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
W10

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

20
W08

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

15
MG05

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

15
W07

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

13
W09

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

13
M15

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

13
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

13
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

11
M16

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

10
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

10
Site Notables
The number of species recorded per species group: