Duncliffe Wood

Well known for bluebells but well worth a visit later in the year to see butterflies and woodland flowers.

 

Site Name Duncliffe Wood
Protection
  • Woodland Trust
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/duncliffe-wood/
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Duncliffe Wood

Duncliffe Wood: bluebell dell -

Duncliffe Wood is a well known north Dorset site for bluebells and many people visit in late April and early May just for that purpose, as we did! It is quite a large and diverse area of ancient woodland that was traditionally coppiced but the area was subject to some clearance in the 1950s and 1960s and replanted with conifers species, spruce and larch, but beech, ash, oak and hazel remain. The wood is now under the management of the Woodland Trust and the conifer plantation is gradually being felled to make way for the regeneration of its natural vegetation. Some areas are still a little overgrown which impacts the view of the bluebells but still a magnificent sight in places along with the many other spring flowers. This is also considered to be a good site for insects later in the summer and well worth a visit to see butterflies.  

Duncliffe Wood

51.000261954794, -2.2590290578142
Woodland 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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

13
B3

Calcareous Grassland

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

5
D3

Lichen/Bryophyte heath

5
E2

Flush and Spring

4
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

18
W09

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

18
W10

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

14
W07

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

9
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
MG05

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

6
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

5
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

5
M27

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

4
M28

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

4
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
27-04-11

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The number of species recorded per species group: