Peascombe Nature Reserve
A fairly small reserve in a lovely setting in west Dorset. Rough and damp pasture with some woodland and a stream.
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Peascombe: the peaceful cwm -
All too often it seems that for a site to be deemed worthy of protection it needs to have an array of rare and endangered species present. We are seeing this battle being fought in Dorset in more than one location. Sometimes a piece of land that has escaped modernisation and demonstrates how our lovely world was before the advent of machinery and chemicals occurs and rightly it is saved for future generations to enjoy as a nature reserve. Such is the case with Peascombe, a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve in west Dorset. Possibly unchanged for generations this is damp pasture with some woodland and a delightful stream running through it.
There is nothing really rare on the site as far as I know but it is a lovely spot in beautiful surroundings and is rightly a nature reserve to ensure it continues to delight visitors and its wildlife for years to come.
It is not easy to find, it has no visitor facilities, the walking is rough and steep in places and is quite wet under foot down towards the stream so this is not a reserve for the feint hearted but if you love the west Dorset countryside as I do then Peascombe is well worth the effort to explore.
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Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland
Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture
Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire
Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire
Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow