Holway Woods Nature Reserve

A delightful walk in mixed woodland with lovely views between the trees. 

 

Site Name Holway Woods Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/holway-woods
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Holway Woods Nature Reserve

Holway Wood: high on a hill -

Holway Woods is a delightful walk for those who are mobile but it can be a problem for those who find slopes difficult; the path is well made but undulating as the reserve lies on the side of a west facing slope in the most northern part of Dorset. As nature reserves go, I felt that it did not have much of real natural interest but nevertheless well worth a visit, even if only for the views. It has a fair mix of non-native trees for those who are aborealists, both broad-leaved and conifer.

As with all woods, best visited in spring when the flowers are at their best but my visit in June was rewarded with some new insect records. I found Holway Woods difficult to find as the sign board cannot be seen from the road when you are in the car and it is easy to pass it. Parking is also a major issue with just one space in a disused quarry area opposite the entrance to the reserve. That said, it is a very quiet reserve and you would be unlucky to find someone else there, especially during the week.  

Holway Woods Nature Reserve

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Dorset Wildlife Trust
3
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
A2

Scrub

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

6
c3.1

Other tall herb & fen - ruderal

5
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

5
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

24
W08

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

22
W09

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

22
W07

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

11
MG05

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

11
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

10
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

9
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

8
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

8
CG10

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

7
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
09-06-12

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The number of species recorded per species group: