Upton Country Park

A popular spot to take the children or dog for a run but provides access to the saltmarsh, a place for wintering wildfowl and waders 

 

Site Name Upton Country Park
Protection
  • BCP Council
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://uptoncountrypark.com/
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Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park Revisited -

Poole Borough Council have made a lot of changes to Upton Country Park over the last few years since I made my 'official' recording visit! The first thing you notice is that parking is no longer free; it is now pay and display. That said, the parking charges are pretty reasonable at 50p for an hour and they promise all funds go into the maintenance of the park. 

For the nature lover there are more profound changes and sadly, in my opinion, not all for the better. The bird hide has gone but that is because it was irreparably damaged by the weather; the birds are not that close to where the hide was and do not seem bothered by the people who stand out in the open to watch them. The Shoreline Trail and some other paths have been closed and new cycle/footpaths have been put in but the new paths go through boring, open fields that were once used for cattle grazing. This means that access to much of the natural interest on the site has been lost. There are still a couple of places you can stop and look out across the marsh and thankfully the board walk through the reed bed remains.

Access to the lovely beech wood is still open and the pond can still be seen so all is not lost! Upton Country Park is very much a recreational facility rather than a nature reserve which, as far as I am concerned, is a pity as it should have much to offer wildlife and especially to pollinating insects and all that depends on them.   

Upton Country Park

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BCP Council
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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

10
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

7
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

6
F1

Swamp

6
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

5
E1

Bog

5
E3

Fen and carr

5
H2

Saltmarsh

5
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

16
W08

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

13
W09

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

13
W07

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

9
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

7
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
W25

Rubus fruticosus - Pteridium aquilinum [Bramble/Bracken] underscrub

5
W06

Alnus glutinosa - Urtica dioica [Alder/common nettle] woodland

4
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

4
W14

Fagus sylvatica - Rubus fruticosus [Beech/Bramble] woodland

4
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The number of species recorded per species group: