Hethfelton Wood

Mixed woodland and heath with a diverse array of flowers and insects.

 

Site Name Hethfelton Wood
Protection
  • Forestry
Interest
5
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetbutterflies.com/places/hethfelton-wood/
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Hethfelton Wood

Hethfelton Wood: all change please -

In general I am not a great fan of Forestry Commission plantation but I will make an exception for Hethfelton. Why? Two reasons; the conifers do not totally dominate the site allowing a good range of flowers and insects to thrive happily here and secondly there are signs that gradually the area is being returned to its natural state. There is actually a third reason and that is I just like to walk at Hethfellton, it is interesting, quiet and easy walking.

Although a favoured dog walking spot, and there are always a couple of cars parked when you drive past, there is little sign of dog mess or disturbance and, in general, it seems the people that use the wood respect it. The dogs are no trouble of course, always a joy to meet someone else's dog as someone else will have to clean it up when they get home!

A summer walk at Hethfelton is always worth the effort if you love nature.    

Hethfelton Wood

50.688154516783, -2.1939693749169
Forestry
5
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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A2

Scrub

12
H6

Sand Dunes

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
E3

Fen and carr

8
D3

Lichen/Bryophyte heath

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

24
W09

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

21
W08

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

20
W07

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

16
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
MG05

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

15
M23

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

9
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

8
M27

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

8
M25

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

8
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
22-02-18

There is no additional information about this visit

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04-08-20

It seemed a while since we went to Hethfelton Wood so we decided to put that right today:

  • The main path is lined with flowers on both sides even in August
  • The spotted longhorn beetle, the bog hoverfly and the greater parasitic fly were good to see
  • I have never seen the large patch of hairy St John's-wort here before
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The number of species recorded per species group: