Avon Heath Country Park

Dry heathland and conifer plantation that has been developed mainly as an education facility for schools to teach the value of, and care for, heathland 

 

Site Name Avon Heath Country Park
Protection
  • Dorset Council
Interest
2
County Dorset
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Avon Heath Country Park

Avon Heath Country Park: discovering heathland -

Much of the surviving heathland around Poole is close to human habitation and is subject to damage and disturbance from the locals; dog walking, cycling, rubbish tipping and, worst of all, fires (not all of them accidental). To try and counteract this there are various schemes in place and one of them is an imaginative project run by Dorset Council at Avon Heath Country Park, the Heathland Discovery Centre. Schools from across the county send their pupils there to learn about the nature of heathlands and so to appreciate and value them. It is early days but the indications are that it may be working. There are still a lot of problems but quite often this is with older people rather than children it seems!.In addition to school parties the site sets out to attract families so the parents can be reached too. As a result there is plentiful car parking, an adventure playground and a reasonable cafe on top of the Discovery Centre itself. The centre organises a wide range of events for families during the year and also provides nature trails and other on-site activities.  With all this educational activity going on it is easy to forget that it is a large area of natural heath with associated reptiles, birds, insects and flowers and is well worth a visit. Once you get away from the central area of educational activities you rarely see a soul. May the Avon Heath centre continue to be successful in everything it does.    

Avon Heath Country Park

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Dorset Council
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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

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E3

Fen and carr

9
H6

Sand Dunes

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

7
D3

Lichen/Bryophyte heath

7
B2

Neutral Grassland

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

14
W09

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

12
W08

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

10
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

7
M23

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

7
W07

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

7
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

7
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
W04

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

7
MG05

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

6
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
05-08-14

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 51
Insects & other inverts 9
Non-flowering Plants 4
Birds 1