Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

A remote, unspoilt area of old Blackmore Vale in the heart of Dorset. Superb site for flowers and insects.

 

Site Name Alners Gorse Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetbutterflies.com/places/alners-gorse/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000702…
Site Projects
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Alners Gorse: how the world should be -

I did not have great expectations when I set out to visit Alners Gorse, I cannot really tell you why, I just didn't. I have to say, though, that I was totally overwhelmed by what a wonderful place it is. Butterfly Conservation in Dorset deserve some special award for their work here.

Regardless of butterflies, the flowers are amazing and bees and hoverflies are amazing. The flora has some species that, whilst not rare, are generally uncommon and plants like pepper-saxifrage, dyers greenweed, hoary ragwort, devils-bit scabious and saw-wort abound. There are several species of sedge and reed all of which make for an attractive habitat for butterflies and other insect species. There are open areas and scrubby areas and some wooded areas; a diversity of habitat creating a diversity of plant life creating a diversity of insect life which feeds a diversity of birds and mammals.

Is that not how the world should be? It was once of course. Great place; well done Dorset Butterfly Conservation.  

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

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Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
H6

Sand Dunes

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
E2

Flush and Spring

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
MG05

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

16
M23

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

15
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

12
W10

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

10
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

9
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

9
W07

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

8
M25

Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire

8
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

8
M22

Juncus subnodulosus - Cirsium palustre [Blunt-flowered Rush/Marsh Thistle] fen meadow

8
Site Notables
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Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
21-08-12

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The number of species recorded per species group: