Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve

A small area of riverside meadow along the River Stour.

 

Site Name Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
Interest
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County Dorset
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Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve

Riverside Meadows: down by the river side -

Any walk along a riverside is always going to be interesting with a blend of water loving plants and animals mixing together with those more at home on land, especially those that respond to flooding from time to time. That said, Riverside Meadows was a little bit of a disappointment, possibly because we had to travel quite a way to get there to find it is just one field (the other is reserved for fishermen only). The river bank has various points for fishermen to while away the hours and I am sure it is very pleasant but for the nature lover perhaps a little low key!

The riverside vegetation is good and thick and that favours the reserves speciality, the white-legged damselfly. However, it is predominantly nettles which, although good for many species of insect, rather dominates ones walk. I doubt one would see the species listed on the Dorset for You webpage; otter, kingfisher, snipe and so on. You would have to be exceedingly lucky to do so.

So, if you are passing by all means drop in to Riverside Meadows, it only takes about 40 minutes to walk round but unless you plan to combine it with a visit to one of the other reserves nearby, do not make a special journey, well not of any distance anyway!  

Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve

50.921185970857, -2.3073414985571
Dorset Council
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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
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
B3

Calcareous Grassland

11
A2

Scrub

10
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
F1

Swamp

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
E3

Fen and carr

8
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

7
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
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

8
W07

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

7
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

6
M28

Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire

6
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

6
M23

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

6
W06

Alnus glutinosa - Urtica dioica [Alder/common nettle] woodland

5
S26

Phragmites australis - Urtica dioica [Common Reed/Common Nettle] tall-herb fen

5
M24

Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow

5
W09

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

4
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
28-07-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 45
Insects & other inverts 21
Birds 1
Fungi & Lichen 1