Loscombe Nature Reserve

A small nature reserve but is a picture in spring with a carpet of wild flowers to see in a beautiful setting.

 

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

Loscombe: lost in time -

Loscombe is a delightful hamlet lost in the heart of west Dorset, a few miles north of Bridport. It has a very narrow, winding road in and another out! Parking at the reserve is almost non-existent but as it is so quiet there it is unlikely to be a problem.

The reserve is not large but is a picture in spring with a carpet of wild flowers to see (including the rare Snakes-head Fritillary which was, unfortunately, over by the time we got there).  The main area of the reserve is unimproved pasture with ancient hedges but there is also a marshy area and a stream as well as a nearby mill pond. It can be pretty damp in places which can make accessing some parts of the reserve difficult without wellington boots if it has been raining recently. This was the case we visited and so our visit did not reach all parts of the reserve.

A lovely, quiet part of Dorset, well worth a visit.  

Loscombe Nature Reserve

50.778444053383, -2.7072963912847
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

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
A2

Scrub

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
E3

Fen and carr

7
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

17
W10

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

17
W07

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

13
M23

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

9
M27

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

9
M28

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

9
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

8
MG05

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

8
M22

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

8
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22-05-12

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