Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

An extensive area of saltmarsh and reed bed between the mouths of the River Stour and River Avon.

 

Site Name Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • BCP Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002678…
Site Projects
Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

Stanpit Marsh: the heart of Christchurch harbour -

If Stanpit Marsh was closer to home I would be a regular visitor. There is always something of interest at this SSSI site despite the fact that it lies on ground surrounded by the busy town of Christchurch. There many houses nearby and associated dog walkers but do not let that fool you in to thinking this is a place to avoid! The town to the north with its attractive Priory makes a pleasant backdrop, the distant Hengistbury Head and its beach huts to the south with the towering cliffs of the Isle of Wight beyond make for a fine view south and, in general, it is a nice place to be. The houses to the east and the road are actually some distance away and to the west are reed beds at the mouth of the two rivers, Avon and Stour, that flow into Christchurch Harbour here.  The site is also well managed with the aid of some willing volunteers and they have been really successful it seems with their dogs on leads policy.

But what of the wildlife. This is best known as a wintering birding site where there are always a lot of birds around during the winter but it combines unique salt grass habitat with extensive Phragmytes reed beds which means it is a good spot for breeding birds and it is well known as a hot-spot during migration times. The botanical interest should not be overlooked either.  

Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

50.727673763692, -1.7615444418315
BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
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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
H2

Saltmarsh

19
H6

Sand Dunes

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
B3

Calcareous Grassland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
A2

Scrub

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

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

11
W10

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

11
W09

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

10
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

10
W07

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

5
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

5
MG05

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

5
MG06

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

5
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

5
W06

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

4
The number of species recorded per species group: