Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

A fragment of the heath and shoreline that once dominanted the area but with a large lake left from gravel extraction.

 

Site Name Ham Common Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1008…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1000273…
Site Projects
Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

Ham Common: enclosed but not contained -

Ham Common is one of those places that is only a nature reserve because the site could not be developed when the surrounding area was being built upon. Enclosed by housing and a caravan site to the north and Poole harbour to the south and being the remnants of mineral extraction at some time in the past one could be forgiven for not having the highest of hopes for the wildlife there but, despite being a fragment of the heath and shoreline that once dominated the area, it actually is quite a diverse landscape with plenty to interest the wildlife enthusiast.

The primary part of the reserve is the large lake left from mineral extraction and this is not only a magnet for birds but provides suitable habitat for the development of dragonfly and damselfly larvae. The surrounding area is heathland although this is overgrown with scrub in places but provides cover for a variety of birds and insects. The path to the south of the pond provides attractive views across Poole harbour.

Although suffering a degree of abuse from local inhabitants and dog walkers Ham Common provides a delightful walk with plenty to see, especially in mid-week when the local children are at school!  

Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

50.716643185616, -2.0277912351504
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3
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

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E3

Fen and carr

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H6

Sand Dunes

11
E2

Flush and Spring

10
E1

Bog

9
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

9
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
M15

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

11
W07

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

11
MG05

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

11
W08

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

10
W09

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

10
MG06

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

10
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

8
W04

Betula pubescens - Molinia caerulea [Downy Birch/Purple Moor Grass] woodland

7
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
12-06-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: