Bere Wood

Wonderful at bluebell time but a lovely woodland at any time.  

Site Name Bere Wood
Protection
  • Forestry
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Site Projects Exploring Environments 2022
Bere Wood

Bere Wood: the sea of blue -

In spring you can see bluebells almost anywhere in Dorset, along roadside verges, on cliff tops, even on the heaths but to see them at their best one needs to go to one of the county's well established woodlands. Visiting woodland to see bluebells seems to be a very popular pass time and there is some debate as to where the best place for them is. Is it Pamphill in the east or Hooke Park in the west or perhaps Duncliffe Wood in the north? I am not sure exactly how one rates them but for me on sheer density of flowers over an expansive area it has to be the little known Bere Wood!

The best way to access Bere Wood is to park by the church in Bloxworth and walk west, cross the field and into the wood. The eastern end of the wood that you enter from this direction is the best from a nature perspective being mainly broadleaf trees. As you progress further in you encounter conifer plantation and extensive rhododendron and so there is very little to see.

As you progress further still you come to the paint-ball battle ground and the path, not signposted, veers left up the hill but there really is little of interest up that way. The paths can be quite muddy too so take care.

There are not only bluebells to be seen but many other woodland species too and spring is undoubtedly the best time to visit. The eastern end of Bere Woods is an absolute joy.  

Bere Wood

50.753324459051, -2.1852266979768
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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

8
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

6
J3

Built-up areas

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
W09

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

33
W08

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

32
W10

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

32
W07

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

19
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

12
MG05

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

11
W12

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

9
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

9
W16

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

8
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
31-07-20

A very hot afternoon so we made for the shade in Bere Wood:

  • I am amazed I have never noticed this avenue of beech trees in the middle of the wood before
  • Lots of gatekeepers on the brambles although the bramble flowers are nearly over now
  • We did not see or hear a single bird again ...

 

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24-06-20

Hottest day of the year so far so we headed for the shade of Bere Wood:

  • Six silver-washed fritillary seen
  • Plentiful meadow brown even in the depth of the woodland along with speckled wood, large skipper, gatekeeper and small white
  • Bracken now dominates the woodland floor so flowers are hard to come by and not one bird seen!
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06-05-19

There is no information about this visit

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07-04-19

There is no information about this visit

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The number of species recorded per species group: