Affpuddle Forest

A Forestry Commision woodland which has much in common with its neighbouring woodlands in Puddletown Forest and Moreton Forest

 

Site Name Affpuddle Forest
Protection
  • Forestry
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.forestryengland.uk/affpuddle
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Affpuddle Forest

Affpuddle Forest: pit props and telegraph poles -

Affpuddle Forest is, a first glance, like most Forestry Commision plantations on the Purbeck Heaths; lines of conifers with well made gravel paths running between them. The site has much in common with its neighbour, Moreton Forest, and it really is not that clear where the dividing line is.  I say "at first glance" because this is a changing environment. The conifers here are, of course, not native and were planted for timber. Demand for timber is far less now than back when the trees were planted over seventy years ago; pit props and telegraph poles are not needed that often these days. As a result, the conifers are being removed and the area is being returned to its 'original' heathland status. Actually, quite large areas of the woodland are not forested anyway as it is too wet and boggy and so the deforestation process will be aided by that.

This area is not far from Thomas Hardy's cottage at Lower Bockhampton and all the tourist brochures will tell you this land was called Egdon Heath by Hardy in some of his novels. Egdon Heath is a fictitious name, as are all of Hardy's place names, and you will not find it on any map. Once the clearing of the conifers is complete it will again look much like it did in the great man's time.   

Affpuddle Forest

50.731045247734, -2.2786962930686
Forestry
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
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

19
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
A2

Scrub

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
D3

Lichen/Bryophyte heath

6
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

21
W08

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

18
W09

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

18
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

11
MG05

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

11
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

9
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

8
CG10

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

7
W12

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

7
W07

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

7
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
22-04-12

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 73
Birds 17
Insects & other inverts 8
Non-flowering Plants 5