Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

A delightful riverside walk looked after by the local community

 

Site Name Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Local Authority
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/projects/previous-projects/souls-moor/
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Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

Souls's Moor and the Bere Stream: a community asset -

There are some big nature reserves and some small open spaces, each has a vital role to play in the creation of biodiversity networks which could hold the key to a more balanced environment in the future. The Soul's Moor open space in Bere Regis is not a big site but provides a delightful short walk along the Bere chalk stream. It may not be big but it is important in the greater scheme of things and, despite quite a lot of use as recreational space, the pure water of the chalk stream here which is lined with alder and other trees provides an ideal feeding point for birds that are making their way along the river. The river can flood here and the southern side of the stream is rough, wet pasture; perfect for several species of flowering plants including sedges and rushes. The river itself and its banks are also well stocked with wild flowers.

I have only just discovered this little gem but it is one I will be watching carefully as the year progresses to see what delights unfold.  

Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

50.751807830588, -2.2206732411544
Local Authority
3
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

14
E3

Fen and carr

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

12
A2

Scrub

11
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
E2

Flush and Spring

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

9
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

20
W09

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

16
W07

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

15
W10

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

14
M23

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

11
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

11
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

11
M27

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

10
M28

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

10
M24

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

9
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The number of species recorded per species group: