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
SSSI
Site Projects North Dorset
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
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
80% 1
60% 13
40% 22
20% 85
Site Notables
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The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
B: Grassland 30
A: Woodland 23
H: Coastal 14
J: Brownfield 8
C: Upland Habitats 6
D: Heath 5
E: Bog and Fen 4
F: Water Margin 4
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
09-06-12

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