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|
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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!
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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
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture