Slop Bog Nature Reserve

An area of true heathland bog made accessible by good quality board walks

 

Site Name Slop Bog Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001099…
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Slop Bog Nature Reserve

Slop Bog: a sloppy bog -

I suppose being called Slop Bog is not exactly an enticing name but it does evoke curiosity surely? One thing is certain, when you visit you will find it is boggy!  From a nature perspective this is prime damp heath, sadly now a rare habitat. Much of its scientific interest lies deep in the wettest areas and so is not really accessible but an extensive board walk through part of it does enable you to get a flavour of what may it is like deep within the bog. Classic bog plants such as cotton grass, bog myrtle, bog asphodel, sundew and cross-leaved heath abound along with a variety of reeds and grasses. There is also some coniferous woodland.

Slop Bog has to be the best site I have ever visited for the silver-studded blue butterfly. In July this scarce species nationally is extremely common on the reserve and they fly up from under your feet as you walk. It is also a good site for dragonflies and damselflies but my only visit to date was probably just a shade early as my species list shows. I still managed to see a small red damselfly and golden-ringed dragonfly, both of which are uncommon to say the least.

On the downside, the A31 runs to the north of the site so the traffic noise is a constant companion but apart from that Slop Bog is not unpleasant as its name might suggest. Indeed quite the opposite, a very nice place to spend an hour or so nature watching.  

Slop Bog Nature Reserve

50.815447638804, -1.8917549937601
Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2
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
E3

Fen and carr

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

11
H6

Sand Dunes

11
E1

Bog

10
E2

Flush and Spring

10
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
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
W10

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

12
M16

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

10
W09

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

9
MG05

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

9
W04

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

8
W08

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

8
M23

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

7
W07

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

7
MG06

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

7
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
09-07-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: