Muckleford Chalk Pit

A long since used small chalk pit which nature has recolonised and is now home to lots of flowers and insects.

 

Site Name Muckleford Chalk Pit
Protection
  • Open Access
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information
SSSI
Site Projects
Muckleford Chalk Pit

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!  

Muckleford Chalk Pit

50.735088611811, -2.5069193540026
Open Access
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H6

Sand Dunes

11
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A2

Scrub

7
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

6
c3.1

Other tall herb & fen - ruderal

5
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

5
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

16
CG02

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

15
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

14
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

13
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

12
W09

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

12
W10

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

12
MG05

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

12
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

11
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

11
Site Notables
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
03-07-13

.

view
The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 57
Insects & other inverts 11
Birds 4
Mammals 2
Molluscs 1