Peascombe Nature Reserve

A fairly small reserve in a lovely setting in west Dorset. Rough and damp pasture with some woodland and a stream.

 

Site Name Peascombe Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/peascombe
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Peascombe Nature Reserve

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.  

Peascombe Nature Reserve

50.747510593209, -2.70910166564
Dorset Wildlife Trust
2
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E3

Fen and carr

14
A2

Scrub

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
E2

Flush and Spring

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

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
W08

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

18
W09

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

18
W10

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

15
W07

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

14
M23

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

12
M27

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

11
M28

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

11
M25

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

10
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
M24

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

9
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
13-05-15

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The number of species recorded per species group: