Holton Lee

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
Protection
  • Other Conservation Organisation
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
5
County Dorset
More Information https://www.holtonlee.org/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000234…
Site Projects Exploring Environments 2022
Holton Lee

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.  

Holton Lee

50.724412686289, -2.059018790412
Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
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
E3

Fen and carr

16
H6

Sand Dunes

16
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H2

Saltmarsh

13
A2

Scrub

12
E2

Flush and Spring

12
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
MG05

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

29
W10

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

26
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

23
W07

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

21
W08

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

20
W09

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

19
M15

Trichophorum germanicum - Erica tetralix [Deer-grass/Cross-leaved heath] wet heath

18
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

16
M23

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

16
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

13
The number of species recorded per species group: