Holt Wood

A pleasant mixed woodland of broadleaf trees with some conifer plantation.

 
 

Site Name Holt Wood
Protection
  • Forestry
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information
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Holt Wood

Holt Wood: three for the price of one -

Holt Wood is actually three woods according to the OS map; Holt Forest, Queen's Copse and Ferndown Forest. Holt Wood is the name of the nearby small village. It is hard to distinguish between the three when you get there and it is not really necessary to do and so I have treated them all as one for the Nature of Dorset purposes.

Whilst a Forestry Commission plantation  it is also part of the Holt Heath National Nature Reserve and there is still much broad-leaf woodland to interest the naturalist with the scarce white admiral butterfly being one of the specialities to look for in mid-summer. As with most Forestry Commission woodland there is a well made, wide, firm path that runs in a loop through the woods which I believe would be suitable for wheelchairs, the problem might be accessing this main path from some of the entrance points to the wood. The path itself is lined with flowers and a good umber of insects can be found on them during the summer months. Look out too for some woodland birds in the tree canopy, warblers in particular. To the north east of the woodland is a fishing lake, private with no public access, and dragonflies and damselflies from this area can be seen along the path fringes here. Not a large woodland, once can stroll around the main path in an hour or so but certainly a pleasant walk and in mid-summer, an interesting one too.    

Holt Wood

50.84843743697, -1.9479755775145
Forestry, National Nature Reserve, 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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

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
W08

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

25
W09

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

24
W10

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

23
W07

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

17
M23

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

11
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

10
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

9
MG05

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

9
M27

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

8
M22

Juncus subnodulosus - Cirsium palustre [Blunt-flowered Rush/Marsh Thistle] fen meadow

7
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
21-06-17

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16-05-19

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 83
Insects & other inverts 17
Birds 6
Non-flowering Plants 4