Two Mile Copse

A small, damp piece of woodland adjacent to DWT Lorton Meadows reserve

 
 

Site Name Two Mile Copse
Protection
  • Woodland Trust
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/two-mile-coppice/
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Two Mile Copse

Two Mile Copse: What a relief -

Two Mile Copse is a small area of woodland on the northern outskirts of Weymouth where it borders on Broadwey, It came to prominence some years ago now when the course for the proposed Weymouth relief road was announced as it was destined to go through this piece of woodland which prompted an angry response and the arrival of what were known as eco-warriors who set up home in the tree tops to prevent trees from being felled. The matter was eventually settled, the road built and much of the woodland remains.

Although a small woodland it is actually part of a larger landscape and natural area as it borders on to the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Lorton Meadows and forms part of the Lorton site of special scientific interest. Very different in character to the 'meadows' it makes an interesting diversion into an alternative habitat if you are visiting the DWT reserve. The woodland itself is managed by the Woodland Trust.

Part of the woodland is considered to be ancient and has species that would confirm this and it was once coppiced but that ceased long ago. Mainly broad-leaved trees (ash, oak and hazel) on the higher drier ground becoming more wet as the ground slopes down (where willow, hawthorn and holly become more prominent). Much of the woodland is on a clay soil base and is quite damp and there are small streams and ditches that drain it but the paths can be quite muddy in places even in summer.

I would not suggest a visit just to see the woods but if you are visiting the Lorton Meadows reserve then do take a detour through the wood, it is very pleasant.  

Two Mile Copse

50.636958019467, -2.4619218613677
Woodland Trust
2
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

10
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

9
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

9
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

7
A2

Scrub

6
B2

Neutral Grassland

6
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

6
F1

Swamp

6
J3

Built-up areas

5
A1.2

Conifer Plantation

4
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

18
W09

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

16
W07

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

10
W10

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

10
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

7
W12

Fagus sylvatica - Mercurialis perennis [Beech/Dog's mercury] woodland

6
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

6
W25

Rubus fruticosus - Pteridium aquilinum [Bramble/Bracken] underscrub

3
W16

Quercus - Betula - Deschampsia flexuosa [Oak/Birch/Wavy Hair-grass] woodland

3
W06

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

3
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
14-06-17

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