Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)

A popular circular path for walkers (mostly with dogs) in Wareham Forest; busy at all times of the year, especially at weekends

 

Site Name Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)
Protection
  • Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
  • Forestry
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.arc-trust.org/east-gore
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Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)

Wareham Forest: Gore Heath -

Although bearing the name Gore Heath this area is almost completely Forestry Commission conifer plantation, little clues as to its origin still remain along the rides and in occasional gaps amongst the conifers. It is predominantly dry heath on high ground. Best known, perhaps, by locals as Lawson Clump (the car park bears the name) it is a popular dog walking area and one rarely passes in daylight hours without several cars in the car park. All in all I am not a great fan of this site and, although close to home, I rarely visit. Conifer plantations are not generally good for wildlife other than wood ants!

A small haven and somewhat inaccessible area is managed by the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation organisation for sand lizards and the other five native reptile species.

I have to ask myself, then, how I have recorded over 130 species on this site in the few times I have been there. It may be that the conifers are not there for ever as the area is, it seems, ear-marked to become a gravel pit at some point in the future; where will the dog walkers, mountain bikers, general cyclists and orienteering runners go then I  wonder.       

Wareham Forest (Gore Heath)

50.704155639497, -2.1337282779893
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry
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
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

20
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H6

Sand Dunes

13
A2

Scrub

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

8
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
W10

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

18
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
MG05

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

15
W08

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

13
W09

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

13
W07

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

12
MG06

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

10
M23

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

8
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

8
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

7
The number of species recorded per species group: