Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve

An interesting combination of high ground that is predominantly sandy and lower ground that is water logged and boggy. 

 

Site Name Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteLNRDetail.aspx?SiteCode=L1009…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1001978…
Site Projects East Dorset
Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve

Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve: a real gem -

In my travels around the nature reserves and special places of Dorset I find some real gems. They take me by surprise as I set out with low expectations sometimes and I find something totally unexpected when I arrive. Stephens Castle was certainly one of those surprises and is a true gem. It covers a larger area than I had anticipated and is a strange combination of high ground that is predominantly sandy and lower ground that is water logged and boggy. Heath land it may be but there is something a little different about Stephens Castle that I find it hard to define.

Sadly, on the day I visited it was not really ideal for dragonflies and damselflies but I suspect later in the season they abound given the acid pools and myre.

Full credit to the Council that have provided a good quality accessible path around the reserve but there are also plenty of opportunities to wander off this main path and explore the marshy areas, the sandy stretches and to wander in and out of the scrub. I am sure my species list really does not do justice to this lovely reserve.

Whilst visiting Verwood for Stephens Castle why not take a look at nearby Bugdens Copse and/or Dewlands Common?  

Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve

50.885705506376, -1.8743900490902
Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
100% 2
80% 3
60% 7
40% 21
20% 62
Site Notables
The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
B: Grassland 30
D: Heath 24
A: Woodland 23
E: Bog and Fen 22
H: Coastal 18
J: Brownfield 14
C: Upland Habitats 6
F: Water Margin 4
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
17-06-13

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