Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve

A wonderful nature reserve where you can experience the Dorset countryside as it was before intensive agriculture changed the landscape.

 

Site Name Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interest
4
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/kingcombe-meadows
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Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve: a jewel in the crown -

Kingcombe is probably one of the best known Dorset Wildlife Trust reserves having been featured on the BBC Springwatch programme with Simon King spending a couple of days there. If you saw it, who can forget the lovely little roe deer fawn playing in one of the meadows?

What can you say about the wildlife at Kingcombe other than it is a special place, a real jewel in Dorset's crown. Here animals and plants thrive in farmland that has been unspoilt by modern agriculture. The Dorset Wildlife Trust describe a visit to Kingcombe as a step back in time to how our countryside was before the second World War and frankly I could not possibly argue with that! A must visit reserve, especially in spring and summer and one of my top ten Dorset sites. Be prepared for wild flowers everywhere, especially heath spotted orchids in June.

Kingcombe is nearly always wet so good footwear is essential; Wellington boots are best. It is not easy walking and there are no made up paths so this one is not for those less physically able. It is also a big reserve so allow plenty of time, or better still, revisit it whenever you can. Sadly, it is some distance from my home and I rarely seem to get there. The species list here is not only my records but includes some from other sources.  

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve

50.781917366218, -2.6421455556338
Dorset Wildlife Trust
4
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

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
E2

Flush and Spring

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
E3

Fen and carr

13
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A2

Scrub

12
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E1

Bog

10
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
W10

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

26
W08

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

25
W09

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

25
MG05

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

23
W07

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

21
M23

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

19
CG10

Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris - Thymus polythricus [Sheeps Fescue/Common Bent/Wild Thyme] grassland

17
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

16
CG02

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

14
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

14
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
24-06-12

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16-05-17

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The number of species recorded per species group: