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
  • Other Conservation Organisation
  • Site of Scientific Interest
County Dorset
More Information https://www.holtonlee.org/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000234…
Site Projects Wareham District
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

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Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
100% 1
80% 5
60% 58
40% 109
20% 204
The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
H: Coastal 41
B: Grassland 32
E: Bog and Fen 28
A: Woodland 26
D: Heath 25
J: Brownfield 20
F: Water Margin 15
C: Upland Habitats 6
G: Fresh Water 2
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos