Durlston Country Park

A stunning national nature reserve on the Purbeck coast south of Swanage.

 

Site Name Durlston Country Park
Protection
  • Dorset Council
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://www.durlston.co.uk/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
Site Projects Exploring Environments 2022
Durlston Country Park

Durlston Country Park: a national nature reserve -

I confess to being a little cynical about country parks! Those I have visited in the past tend not to be for nature but for people to let their children and their dogs run wild ... Durlston is not like that at all. It is a national nature reserve and worthy of the title in every respect. There are children, of course, but usually in well supervised school parties actively engaging with, and learning about, nature. There are dogs too but apart from a few locals who regularly walk their dogs and refuse to keep them on leads most dogs can be proud of their owners.

But Durlston is not about noisy children and rampaging dogs! Durlston has it all; dramatic sea cliffs and nesting sea birds, open natural limestone grassland with orchids and other delights, wonderful flower meadows that have to be seen to be believed, magnificent views, probably one of the best visitor centres in the country, I could go on and on and on. Durlston is a MUST for anyone visiting Dorset and I could, indeed, write pages and pages about it but I will not, I will just encourage you to go there and see it for yourself. There is something to see at any time of year but it can turn very muddy after prolonged wet spells to take care if you visit in winter.  

Durlston Country Park

50.596655206319, -1.9543949724095
Dorset Council, National 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
H6

Sand Dunes

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
H2

Saltmarsh

15
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

15
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
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

36
MG05

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

31
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

31
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

30
W09

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

30
CG02

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

27
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

27
W10

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

27
CG07

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

24
CG01

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

23
The number of species recorded per species group: