Upton Heath Nature Reserve

A large expanse of heathland, both wet and dry, on the western edge of Poole which is now part of the Great Heath project

 

Site Name Upton Heath 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/upton-heath
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001003…
Site Projects
Upton Heath Nature Reserve

Upton Heath: the wild side of Poole -

When you visit Upton Heath you can see why the westward expansion of Poole suddenly came to a halt! Upton Heath is wild, wet and very unsuitable for building on and so, mercifully, it was saved from destruction. The proximity of housing, however, has taken its toll with lots of dogs being walked, many not under control and there is a degree of dog mess to avoid. It is also something of an adventure playground for children which leads to various problems including litter, muddy paths from bicycles and, of course, the perennial danger from heath fires that are started both accidentally and intentionally. This reserve is the site of the urban heaths project which teaches local people (especially children) about the heath, its importance and its care.

Please do not let any of this put you off a visit. It is a large site, bigger than I imagined, and is well cared for by the wardens. It provides an array of habitat with a very wet heathland bog in the centre with higher, dry heath around it. There are areas of woodland and scrub, a stream and a redundant railway line, something for everyone! As always, a diversity of habitat leads to a diversity of species. My list of species is a bit limited as I really have not done Upton Heath justice, something I must try and put right.   

Upton Heath Nature Reserve

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Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
A2

Scrub

12
E3

Fen and carr

11
H6

Sand Dunes

11
B3

Calcareous Grassland

10
E1

Bog

10
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

9
E2

Flush and Spring

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
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
M15

Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath

13
M16

Erica tetralix - Sphagnum compactum [Cross-leaved heath/Compact Bog-moss] wet heath

9
W10

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

8
H04

Ulex gallii - Agrostis curtisii [Western gorse/Bristle bent] heath

7
W09

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

7
W08

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

6
W04

Betula pubescens - Molinia caerulea [Downy Birch/Purple Moor Grass] woodland

5
H03

Ulex minor - Agrostis curtisii [Dwarf gorse/Bristle bent] heath

5
H08

Calluna vulgaris - Ulex Gallii [Ling/Western gorse] heath

5
M14

Schoenus Nigricans - Narthecium ossifragum [Black Bog-rush/Bog Asphodel] mire

5
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
15-05-12

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The number of species recorded per species group: