Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

Site of an Iron Age settlement at Ringmoor which is now managed by the National Trust. 

 

Site Name Ringmoor and Turnworth Down
Protection
  • National Trust
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringmoor
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Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

Ringmoor and Turnworth Down: any old iron -

The car park and picnic site at Okeford Hill provides the starting point for a number of walks. If you walk west along the Wessex Ridgeway you come to the site of an Iron Age settlement at Ringmoor which is now managed by the National Trust. The information board claims that the site has rare and beautiful wildlife but sadly I have visited at times when this does not seem to be the case!

The site is mainly improved pasture which has a rich grass sword and is well used by local farms for grazing of cattle. In the main area I found little but dandelions. Most interest lies in the surrounding fringe woodland, in the pond and along the path from the car park to Ringmoor itself. I did not see too much evidence of the iron age fort either but then I am not an archeologist!

I would not want to stop anyone visiting Ringmoor as it is a very pleasant spot with good views but not as rich in wildlife as I would have liked.  

Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

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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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
A2

Scrub

8
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
D3

Lichen/Bryophyte heath

5
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

4
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

7
W09

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

7
W10

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

7
MG05

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

7
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

7
W07

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

6
CG01

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

6
CG02

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

6
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

5
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

5
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