Stour Meadows Nature Reserve

Although close to Blandford town centre a lovely spot along the River Stour 

 

Site Name Stour Meadows Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Council
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Stour Meadows Nature Reserve

Stour Meadows Nature Reserve: Otters come to town -

Stour Meadows is a tale of two sites; it has a split personality! It lies just a short walk from Blandford town centre and next to the brewery; Tesco and other out-of-town shops are nearby. The western half is the closest to the town and is quite busy with people walking by on their way to and from the town. This is a favoured dog walking area and dogs are often in the river chasing the birds or their ball! As one moves eastwards a bridge crosses the river and takes the main path northwards leaving a much quieter area with good riverside vegetation and an excellent pond for dragonflies and damselflies as well as damp meadow flowers. During the summer of 2012 a family of otters were regularly seen on the river here and were filmed for Springwatch on BBC television. They are still there and make regular appearances early in the morning.

Is Stour Meadows worth a visit? If you have reason to visit Blandford then, yes, do take an hour to browse along the lovely river Stour. You could alternatively combine it with a visit to the other reserve in Blandford, Milldown, and make a day of it.   

Stour Meadows Nature Reserve

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Dorset Council
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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
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

12
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

12
B3

Calcareous Grassland

11
A2

Scrub

10
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H6

Sand Dunes

8
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
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
W08

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

14
W09

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

12
W10

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

12
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

11
W07

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

10
MG06

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

10
M27

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

9
M28

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

8
MG05

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

8
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
08-07-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 79
Birds 13
Insects & other inverts 13
Mammals 2
Fungi & Lichen 1