Milldown Nature Reserve
A lovely area of chalk grassland and scrub within the boundaries if Blandford.
|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!
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Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland
Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland