Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve

A smallish area of heath on the western edge of Verwood covered mainly in gorse and silver birch.

 

Site Name Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1008…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001978…
Site Projects
Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve

Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve: coconut delight -

I was a bit disappointed with my visit to Dewlands Common. It is not a large area and is covered mainly in gorse and I visited just after the gorse flowers had died off. If I had been two or three weeks earlier then it must have been a wonderful display of golden yellow with the familiar strong fragrance of coconut to accompany it. The common is, to my mind anyway, seriously overrun with gorse and needs some clearing as, apart from other scrub and silver birch, there is little botanical interest that I could find and I saw very few birds and virtually no insects. There is evidence that reptiles are present and so I suppose the habitat must suit them. It is not big site and does not take long to explore so if you do visit why not take in nearby Bugdens Copse and/or Stephens Castle to make your visit really worthwhile?  

Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve

50.879617394412, -1.8879758217734
Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
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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

17
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
H6

Sand Dunes

11
A2

Scrub

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

8
J3

Built-up areas

7
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

13
W08

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

9
W09

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

8
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
MG06

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

7
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

6
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

6
MG05

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

6
W16

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

5
W07

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

5
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
17-06-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: