Muckleford Chalk Pit
A long since used small chalk pit which nature has recolonised and is now home to lots of flowers and insects.
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Muckleford Chalk Pit: many a mickle makes a muckle -
For several years Muckleford Chalk Pit was managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust as one of its nature reserves but sadly this seems to be no longer the case. I am sure there are good reasons for this but it would be a shame if the site lost its natural assets through neglect. Maybe the Trust still advise the land owner on site management?
The good news is that the area is still accessible to the public and, although small, is a delightfully peaceful place to spend an hour or so. As the surface soil has been removed in the process of chalk extraction the grasses are less vigorous allowing a multitude of flowers to grow and this, obviously, results in a good number of insects. The chalky soil is ideal for certain types of flowers, including orchids and gentians, and some appear here at Muckleford. Choose a nice sunny summers day if you decide to visit for the best results!
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Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland