A site of special scientific interest with a diversity of habitat in pleasant surroundings
Access is restricted to Friends of Holton Lee only.
|Site Name||Holton Lee|
|Site Projects||Exploring Environments 2022|
Holton Lee: a nice place to be -
Holton Lee is owned by a charitable trust that provides respite care and so much of the site is made accessible to wheelchairs and mobility vehicles by good quality paths. The paths take you through most of the varied habitats on the estate and is a most pleasant place for the less abled to experience nature. For those able to there are other paths one can explore the area on.
Holton Lee is an SSSI because of its dry heathland habitat but it packs much more into its boundaries with woodland, reed beds, pond (with a hide), and pasture. It also provides access to the shore of Poole Harbour that is otherwise difficult to get to but the path along here is not wheelchair friendly, it is not even foot friendly in places! My species list includes the species seen along the shore line as well as on the estate itself.
The estate is accessed by quite a long service road and so is some distance from the main road which makes for a tranquil environment.
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Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath
Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland
Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture
Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub