Bog Lane Natural Green Space

A recently designated area with two small contrasting woodland habitats to explore

Site Name Bog Lane Natural Green Space
Protection
  • Dorset Council
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Site Projects Wareham Wanders 2022
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Bog Lane: New territory - 

I can't remember quite when but it must have been about 2016 that I noticed work going on in a patch of woodland near the Springfield Hotel near Stoborough, Wareham. New fencing was put i, a car park made and some scrub cleared. Shortly afterwards it was opened as Bog Lane Natural Green Space.

The site consists of three segments, two contrasting woodland areas with some open amenity grassland in between. The open area is of little ecological value and is used mainly to exercise dogs but it is also grazed by some young cattle in summer; not a good mix I would have thought!

The the eastern side is a wooded area with a stream running through it with damp tolerant species like willow and birch as well as oak and some conifers. It has floral interest along the stream banks and is good for fungi in autumn. In winter the path is useful for getting good views across the Frome valley where some significant birds occasionally occur.

The western woodland is very different being much drier. Here Oak and birch dominate with, again, some planted conifers. Being drier it has a much more varied array of vegetation on the woodland floor and has a good display of foxgloves, especially, in early summer.

Not a large site but if you are looking for an hour's stroll in spring, summer or autumn Bog Lane is worth a try but be prepared for dogs!

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

11
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

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
W10

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

21
W09

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

20
W08

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

18
W07

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

14
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

13
M23

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

13
MG06

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

10
M28

Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire

10
MG05

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

9
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

9
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
23-07-20

An overcast and breezy afternoon with a threat of rain so time for a  visit to Bog Lane where it provides a bit of shelter:

  • Just new and notable species in the records today
  • Still added 30 new species for the site taking it to 118 in total
  • More dogs than I have seen there before so not many animals/birds about!
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21-06-20

A sunny and quite warm afternoon but a really stiff breeze rather spoilt things a bit!

  • Good to see swallows feeding over the field; I guess they must be nesting close by
  • The stream is now dominated by hemlock water-dropwort but there seemed to be very few insects feeding on it
  • The display of rhododendrons is nearly over  for another year
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10-09-19

There is no information about this visit

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26-03-19

There is no information about this visit

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The number of species recorded per species group: