Winfrith Heath Nature Reserve

A large area of mainly wet heathland and bog

 

Site Name Winfrith Heath Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/tadnoll-winfrith-heath
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001067…
Site Projects
Winfrith Heath Nature Reserve

Winfrith Heath: In the bleak mid-winter! -

I have to say I do not find Winfrith Heath a particularly welcoming place! It is bleak, even on a sunny day, and is a somewhat barren landscape. When walking one gets scratches and bites and it takes quite a bit of effort for not much gain as there is little there that cannot be seen elsewhere. In winter it is the most inhospitable of places!

Please do not get me wrong here. I have no problem with it being a nature reserve, indeed I am thankful it is. It is classic Dorset heathland habitat with all the species that go with that. Wet areas, dry areas, low areas, high areas. With so much heathland habitat lost it is vital places like Winfrith Heath remain protected especially as a large area close by was lost when the now redundant nuclear power station was built in the during the 1950s.

The low areas can be extremely boggy and often are unpassable, especially in winter. If you are going to visit choose a nice day in late July or early August to see the silver-studded blues and the graylings which are both well established here.    

Winfrith Heath Nature Reserve

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Dorset Wildlife Trust, 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

20
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

13
E3

Fen and carr

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
A2

Scrub

10
E1

Bog

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
E2

Flush and Spring

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
M15

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

13
MG05

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

12
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

11
M16

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

10
W10

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

9
W09

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

7
M23

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

7
W07

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

7
H03

Ulex minor - Agrostis curtisii [Dwarf gorse/Bristle bent] heath

6
H04

Ulex gallii - Agrostis curtisii [Western gorse/Bristle bent] heath

6
The number of species recorded per species group: