Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve
A small area of riverside meadow along the River Stour.
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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!
|NVC Community||Description||No of Species|
Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire
Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire
Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture
Alnus glutinosa - Urtica dioica [Alder/common nettle] woodland
Phragmites australis - Urtica dioica [Common Reed/Common Nettle] tall-herb fen
Molinia caerulea - Cirsium dissectum [Purple Moor Grass/Meadow Thistle] fen meadow
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland