Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

Abbott Street Copse is a small piece of coppiced woodland near Pamphill renowned for its display of bluebells.

 

Site Name Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse
Protection
  • National Trust
Interest
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County Dorset
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Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

Pamphill: Number one for bluebells -

Abbott Street Copse in the small village of Pamphill, near Wimborne, is a pretty insignificant piece of coppiced broad leaf woodland and seemingly has little to recommend it for most of the year but at the end of April and beginning of May people flock to these woods for one of the best, some say "the best", display of bluebells in Dorset. Whether it is "the best" is, of course, purely subjective but it is certainly one of the most accessible sites that is quite close to the Poole/Bournemouth/Christchurch conurbation. Actually, it s not just bluebells but other spring woodland flowers too, notably an area of ramsons (wild garlic). For these three weeks each spring this little woodland has hundreds of visitors all wanting to see the vision that makes English woodland unique. 

I described the wood as being "pretty insignificant" but as it contains many oak trees it is an extremely valued habitat with many creatures are dependent on it for their survival. Many of these species are small insects and are rarely seen so to the layman's eye there is not a lot to see but hidden from view will be countless creatures quietly going about their business. The hazel trees also harbour and host many creatures too. Much overlooked outside the bluebell season but worthy of attention at other times of year in my view.    

Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

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National Trust
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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

10
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

4
A2

Scrub

3
B2

Neutral Grassland

3
B3

Calcareous Grassland

3
A3

Parkland /scattered trees

2
B4

Improved Grassland

2
C1

Bracken - continuous

1
E2

Flush and Spring

1
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

12
W09

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

11
W10

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

9
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

6
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

5
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

5
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

3
W14

Fagus sylvatica - Rubus fruticosus [Beech/Bramble] woodland

2
W25

Rubus fruticosus - Pteridium aquilinum [Bramble/Bracken] underscrub

2
MG05

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

2
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
14-04-16

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