Corfe Castle Mound and River

Undisturbed chalk grassland and adjacent river with a wide array of flowers and grasses

 

Site Name Corfe Castle Mound and River
Protection
  • National Trust
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle
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Corfe Castle Mound and River

Corfe Castle Mound and River: getting the hump -

If you are prepared to ignore the hundreds of visitors to the castle and are prepared for walking on some steep slopes then a visit to the mound that Corfe Castle stands on is well worth it if you are a botanist. Apart from sheep grazing most of the mound is undisturbed and has been for centuries and so a diverse array of flowers, grasses and insects can be found, especially in mid-summer.

To make a day out of it there is a very pleasant walk from the visitor centre by the main road, along the path by the river and then up to the village and the castle and then back around the mound. That is not too onerous a treck and can be walked at most times of year but the mound itself is a job for a nice day in summer when the flowers are at their best but the sides are steep!  

Corfe Castle Mound and River

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National Trust
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

20
H6

Sand Dunes

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

15
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

15
H2

Saltmarsh

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
A2

Scrub

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

10
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
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
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

25
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

24
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

23
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

21
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

20
W08

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

19
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

19
MG05

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

18
W09

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

17
CG10

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

13
The number of species recorded per species group: