Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve

A wild area on the lower reaches of the River Stour with lots to interest the amateur naturalist.

 

Site Name Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve

Millhams Mead Nature Reserve: tales of the river bank -

Millham's Mead offers the visitor a range of differing habitats from riverside walks, grassy meadows, scrub and even a hint of woodland. As a result a visit in summer is going to be an interesting experience for the nature lover. Deceptively large for a suburban reserve the highlight is undoubtedly the walk along the southern bank of the river Stour which, in summer, provides a good number of damsels and dragons to look at including my favourite, the banded agrion and the quite scarce white-legged damselfly. However, where there is a river there is riverside vegetation and in this vegetation is all sorts of animal and vegetable interest.

You can access the reserve from several places, I chose the entrance by the corporation rubbish tip which may not have been the best one in some respects but it was the easiest to find. Many of the paths are accessible in a wheelchair but they may be a bit rough in paces! Despite the nearby houses, rubbish tip and main road I found Millham's Mead to be quite peaceful and a very pleasant place to spend a summer afternoon.  

Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve

50.774769004322, -1.9082076280593
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
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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
E3

Fen and carr

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
H6

Sand Dunes

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
A2

Scrub

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
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

15
MG05

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

14
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

13
W10

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

13
W07

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

12
W09

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

12
MG06

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

11
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

10
M23

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

7
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
25-06-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 77
Birds 20
Insects & other inverts 18
Molluscs 2
Fungi & Lichen 1