Shapwick

A pleasant riverside walk along the banks of the River Stour (no dogs!)

 

Site Name Shapwick
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County Dorset
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Shapwick

Shapwick: down by the riverside -

If, like me, you enjoy a quiet walk by a river in the middle of summer then you can do little better than take a stroll along the Stour Valley Way, east from Shapwick church. The Stour is a slow moving, meandering river rich in opportunities for wildlife to flourish.

The meadows along the riverside are a bit boring but the river itself and the bordering vegetation is packed with flowers and insects which, in turn, attract birds. If you have a dog then this walk is not for you as dogs are not allowed because there are always cattle grazing in the meadows. I guess, if you are uncomfortable with cows then this walk is best avoided too but actually the cows are, of course, harmless albeit inquisitive!

This is by far the best place I have found to see the rather special Roesel's bush-cricket, a recent coloniser of Dorset. With the aid of my bat detector I was able to hear numerous males stridulating but finding them in the long grass is a real challenge. In summer this is also a good spot for the brown hawker which is not that common in Dorset.  

Shapwick

50.813777444494, -2.091220631245
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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

11
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

7
A2

Scrub

7
E3

Fen and carr

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
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

10
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

9
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

9
W08

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

8
MG05

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

7
W10

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

6
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

6
W07

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

5
W09

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

5
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

4
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06-08-13

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