Deadmoor Common

A remote and somewhat wild place in central Dorset with an impressive butterfly species list.

 

Site Name Deadmoor Common
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/local/deadmoor-common-north-dorset
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000702…
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Deadmoor Common

Deadmoor Common: the real Blackmore Vale -

Hundreds, if not thousands, of years of human activity have transformed the Dorset landscape and it is so easy to look at our world today and not appreciate how continual gradual change has brought about this transformation. Just occasionally one encounters a place where you might not see the world as it was thousands of years ago but you do get see how it was, say, before the second world war and the subsequent dramatic agricultural revolution that has occurred since. One such place, I feel, is Deadmoor Common, not far from Sturminster Newtown.

Deadmoor Common is a lonely place! Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say it is a place you can be alone. Not easy to access, not really close to inhabitation of any scale, no footpaths, no facilities, it has a wildness one does not encounter in many other places. It is not a moorland wildness as you might find in the north of England or in Scotland or Wales but a different sort of wildness, perhaps a wildness unique to the south of England.

If you choose to visit Deadmoor Common please take a navigational device to help you find you way back out! Ensure you wear Wellingtons or really good waterproof boots as the soil is clay and gets very wet. Wear thick trousers to protect against some rather nasty blood sucking insects that frequent the grasslands and if you go alone ensure someone knows where you are and when you will be back! Most of all, if you do visit Deadmoor Common enjoy it, it is unique.  

Deadmoor Common

50.896359166847, -2.3555637658346
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2
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

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
H6

Sand Dunes

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
E3

Fen and carr

7
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

5
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

16
W07

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

15
W09

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

15
W10

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

14
M23

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

13
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
MG05

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

9
M25

Molinia caerulea - Potentilla erecta [Purple Moor Grass/Tormentil] mire

8
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

8
M24

Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow

7
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Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
06-07-14

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The number of species recorded per species group: