Kings Wood

A spring visit to see the ramsons is recommended!

 

Site Name Kings Wood
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
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Kings Wood

Kings Wood: awesome ramsons -

A visit to Kings Wood in early May reveals one of the most awesome botanical sights in Dorset, millions (yes millions) of white-flowered ramsons carpeting the woodland floor. They spread as far as the eye can see, quite amazing! Ramsons is also known as wild garlic and there is a definite scent of garlic as you make your way through the woodland.

Kings Wood is not just a one trick pony, however. Much of it is ancient woodland and there is a good display of bluebells and primroses along with a number of ancient woodland indicator species such as moschatel and wood anemone. The path through the wood is steeply uphill and has a treat in store at the top as it leads out to Ailwood Down on the crest of the Purbeck Ridge which provides wonderful views across Poole harbour to the north and towards Swanage to the south.  

Whilst you can meander from the main path through the wood it takes a lot of effort and needs a lot of care, especially if you walk through the carpet of ramsons as it can be very slippery and many trip hazards lie hidden by the big green leaves. Kings Wood is one of the little known gems of Purbeck; worth a visit any time but especially in spring.  

Kings Wood

50.635844158677, -1.9984511933619
National Trust, 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

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A2

Scrub

6
B2

Neutral Grassland

6
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

4
c3.1

Other tall herb & fen - ruderal

4
B3

Calcareous Grassland

3
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

3
E2

Flush and Spring

3
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

17
W09

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

17
W10

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

17
W07

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

7
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

6
W25

Rubus fruticosus - Pteridium aquilinum [Bramble/Bracken] underscrub

5
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

5
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

5
W14

Fagus sylvatica - Rubus fruticosus [Beech/Bramble] woodland

3
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

3
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10-05-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: