Coombe Heath Nature Reserve

An excellent example of acidic soil habitat with both dry and wet heath including an extensive areas of bog containing many interesting plants and insects. 

 

Site Name Coombe Heath Nature Reserve
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County Dorset
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Coombe Heath Nature Reserve

Coombe Heath: bang on target -

Coombe Heath is an excellent example of acid Dorset heathland, both dry and wet. There are extensive areas of bog which contain many interesting species of both plants and insects. The bog is pretty inaccessible though and should be treated with extreme care - not only for one's own safety but, more importantly, for the safety of the site itself!   It is a quite remote place approached from a woodland path at Highwood where there is a small but ample car park. The heath itself is surrounded by forestry plantation and agricultural land. Its eastern border adjoins the MoD army training area so be prepared for sudden gunfire and military activity nearby! In addition the plantation areas there are some mature broadleaf trees around the perimeter as well as areas of scrub. A good mix of habitat giving a good mix of species. In summer this a very good site for butterflies, dragonflies/damselflies and grasshoppers and, of course, its main interest, bog species. I have recorded both heath and mottled grasshoppers here which are nationally scarce species. 

Coombe Heath Nature Reserve

50.661368919925, -2.1943454451197
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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
E3

Fen and carr

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
E2

Flush and Spring

11
H6

Sand Dunes

11
E1

Bog

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
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
W08

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

21
W09

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

20
W10

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

20
W07

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

16
M15

Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath

15
MG05

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

14
M16

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

12
M23

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

12
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

10
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

10
The number of species recorded per species group: