Milldown Nature Reserve

A lovely area of chalk grassland and scrub within the boundaries if Blandford.

 

Site Name Milldown Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Milldown Nature Reserve

Milldown Nature Reserve: a grassy down in town -

So, let me see; a nature reserve within the town boundary of busy Blandford, bordered on one side by an industrial estate, on another by housing and another by a main road with a school on the opposite side of the road for good measure! It is not going to be up to much then is it? Well think again! I was a little taken aback by Milldown.

Chalk grassland is not a common habitat these days and so to find a large area of it in north west Blandford was not what I expected. Amazingly, you cannot see the road, school, industrial estate or houses and nor can you you really hear any disturbance from them. Yes, the locals walk their dogs there but I have to say the ones I saw were impeccably well behaved and very well managed by their owners.

A good mix of pure grassland with some gentle slopes where the rabbits keep the turf shorter and a good sprinkling of trees and scrub make for a fascinating couple of hours wandering around this delightful spot. Just for good measure, there is a tarmac path running right around it so it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. In summer expect a colourful display of flowers and lots of butterflies. Thank you Dorset Council, well managed!  

Milldown Nature Reserve

50.868137952375, -2.1661929314454
Dorset Council
3
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

12
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

10
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
A2

Scrub

7
J3

Built-up areas

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
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

16
W08

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

16
MG05

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

15
W10

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

15
W09

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

13
MG06

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

11
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

11
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

8
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

7
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

7
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08-07-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 89
Insects & other inverts 20
Birds 5
Molluscs 1
Mammals 1