Alder

Common Name Alder
Scientific Name Alnus glutinosa
Family Deciduous Trees
Interest
1
Description A medium sized tree found in damp places alongside streams, rivers, ponds and lakes as well as marshy areas
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
13-02-11 Alder (Alnus incana)
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Leaf

Flower purple

Seed

This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Holmebridge

Open Access
3

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Wareham Forest (Northport Heath)

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Wareham Common - West

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Trailway (Sturminster Newton)

Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Longham Lakes

Open Access
3

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bestwall Marsh

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Lytchett Bay and Turlin Moor Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Local Nature Reserve, RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Upton Country Park

BCP Council
4

Brownsea Island

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Studland Heath National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Alder Hills Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
2

Sopley Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Troublefield Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Melbury Park

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Peascombe Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

South Poorton Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve

Moors Valley Country Park

Dorset Council
3

Sharford Bridge

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stokeford Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Priory Meadows and Redcliffe

Trailway (Stourpaine)

Dorset Council
3

Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

Trailway (Shillingstone)

Dorset Council
2

Collyers Brook Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Mill Ham Island Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
1

Corfe Barrows Nature Park

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, BCP Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Athelhampton Gardens

Sunnyside Farm

National Nature Reserve
3
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
W03

Salix pentandra - Carex rostrata [Bay Willow/Bottle Sedge] woodland
No Bay Willow in Dorset

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

A2

Scrub

W04

Betula pubescens - Molinia caerulea [Downy Birch/Purple Moor Grass] woodland

A2

Scrub

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

W05:

Alnus glutinosa - Carex paniculata [Alder/Gt Tussock Sedge] woodland

A2

Scrub

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

W06

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

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

A2

Scrub

W07

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

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

A2

Scrub

The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
03: March 1
04: April 1
05: May 3
06: June 2
07: July 3
08: August 3
09: September 2
These are the sites where I have found this species: