Troublefield Nature Reserve

A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve tucked away by Bournemouth International airport. Wet, rough pasture with masses of flowers and lots of damselflies and butterflies.

 

Site Name Troublefield Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/troublefield
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Troublefield Nature Reserve

Troublefield Nature Reserve: What is in a name? -

On my way to the Dorset Wildlife Trust Troublefield nature reserve for the first time I was wondering how it got that name. I can only speculate that when all of the neighbouring land was a farm it was this field that would have given the farmer all the trouble! Far too wet to plough and sow and probably even too wet to graze with cattle to any extent so I guess that was the trouble field!

As a nature reserve I have to say it is wonderful for damp meadow plants, lots of flowers along with a variety of reeds and sedges. Given the diversity and quantity of flowers I loved the number of butterflies present, as good a display as I have seen anywhere this year and lots of common blue and banded agrion damselflies too. I enjoyed my couple of hours there immensely although was I disappointed not to find the nodding burr-marigolds and the meadow-rue that apparently grow there; I will have to look again next year, possibly a bit earlier in the year.

The trouble with Troublefield? Well, it is wet and heavy going! Do not go without your wellies regardless of how little rain we might have had. It is a bit tricky to find as well but then that helps to add to the isolation of the place, I did not see another soul whilst I was there. Finally, it is right next to the runway at Hurn (sorry Bournemouth International) airport so be prepared for the occasional large passenger jet take off. Frankly, the proximity of the airport did not spoil my visit at all, I just mention it in case it takes you by surprise. Troublefield is not big but it is not for the feint hearted or dog walker! Enthusiasts only here ...  

Troublefield Nature Reserve

50.784181769152, -1.8289962651166
Dorset Wildlife Trust
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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

14
E2

Flush and Spring

12
A2

Scrub

11
E3

Fen and carr

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
H6

Sand Dunes

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
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
W07

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

17
M23

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

17
W09

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

16
W08

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

14
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

14
M28

Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire

13
W10

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

12
M22

Juncus subnodulosus - Cirsium palustre [Blunt-flowered Rush/Marsh Thistle] fen meadow

12
M24

Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow

12
M25

Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire

10
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
05-08-14

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 74
Insects & other inverts 36
Non-flowering Plants 3
Birds 1