Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Varied habitat that creates a wonderful environment for flowers and insects in spring right through until late autumn.

 

Site Name Powerstock Common Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/powerstock-common
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000470…
Site Projects
Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Powerstock Common: line management -

Powerstock Common is certainly one of my top ten sites in Dorset. I particularly love the disused railway line where the old track has gone to leave a wonderful walk with embankments on each side and masses of flowers and insects; butterflies, grasshoppers, all sorts. Where the earth has been removed at some point and other materials brought in one can always expect the unexpected. The movement of trains also helped to disperse seed along the line so a wide variety of plants have become established.

The railway track is just part of the reserve and the common area, which is mainly damp meadow,  is just a mass of flowers in summer. I have only been in summer and I am sure that is the best time to go. The area encompasses ancient woodland with a coppiced area, acid, neutral and calcareous grassland, old hedge banks and ponds; a truly exceptional diversity of habitat managed now by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

My species list from just two visits is over 200 and if I lived closer and could visit more often then I am sure I could add many, many more.

There is limited free parking but that is rarely a problem except when the marsh fritillary butterflies are about. No, they do not drive cars but they do attract visitors who do!  

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

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Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5
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
H6

Sand Dunes

18
E3

Fen and carr

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E2

Flush and Spring

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

11
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

34
W09

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

30
MG05

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

27
W10

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

25
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

24
W07

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

23
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

19
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

18
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

18
M23

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

17
The number of species recorded per species group: