Ash

Common Name Ash
Scientific Name Fraxinus excelsior
Family Deciduous Trees
Interest
1
Description A tall, elegant tree common across much of Dorset
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
04-02-11 Ash (Fraxinus execlsior)
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Bud

Flower

Seed

Twig

Cross section

Bark - smoother on younger trees

Seed

Bark - older trees become more wrinkled!

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

Kinson Common Local Nature Reserve

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

Turbary Common Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
1

Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Hatch Pond Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
2

Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Badbury Rings Hill Fort

National Trust
5

Corfe Castle Mound and River

Ringstead Bay and Burning Cliff

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hod Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Holmebridge

Open Access
3

Duncliffe Wood

Woodland Trust
3

Wareham Forest (Carey Heath)

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Hethfelton Wood

Forestry
5

Trailway (Sturminster Newton)

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Moreton Heath

Forestry
3

Oakers Wood and Bog

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

Wilkswood (Langton West Wood)

Ashmore Wood

Forestry, National Trust
2

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Garston Wood Nature Reserve

Middlebere Farm

National Trust
4

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bere Wood

Forestry
3

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Bestwall Marsh

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Corfe Castle Common

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

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

Ballard Down

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Troublefield Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Shapwick

Open Access
2

Deadmoor Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Melbury Park

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
1

South Poorton Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Holway Woods Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
1

Nunnery Mead Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Brooklands Farm Conservation Centre

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Haydon Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Sovell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Piddles Wood Nature Reserve

Site of Scientific Interest
4

Girdlers Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

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

Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Milldown Nature Reserve

Dorset Council
3

Stour Meadows Nature Reserve

Woolland Hill

Open Access
2

Lydlinch Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Moors Valley Country Park

Dorset Council
3

Kingston Lacey House and Gardens

Black Hill Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Stokeford Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Delph Wood

BCP Council
3

Fifehead Wood Nature Reserve

Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

Dorset Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Kings Wood

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Trailway (Stourpaine)

Dorset Council
3

Wyke Down and Ackling Dyke

Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

Hibbitt Woods Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Holes Bay

BCP Council, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Cole Wood

Forestry
4

Trailway (Fiddleford)

Dorset Council
2

Trailway (Shillingstone)

Dorset Council
2

Eight Acre Wood Local Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
2

Cashmoor Down

Open Access
3

Collyers Brook Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Coneys Castle

National Trust
2

Osmington Mills

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Abbotsbury

Open Access
3

Two Mile Copse

Woodland Trust
2

Holt Wood

Forestry, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Corfe Barrows Nature Park

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

Athelhampton Gardens

Giant Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Sturminster Mill

Open Access
2

East Holme

Open Access
3
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
W07

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

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

A2

Scrub

W08

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

A1.3

Mixed Woodland

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

W09

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

A1.3

Mixed Woodland

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

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
01: January 1
03: March 2
04: April 6
05: May 12
06: June 15
07: July 15
08: August 11
09: September 1
10: October 2
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Abbotsbury

Local

02-06-16
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Plentiful

23-08-13
Ashmore Wood

Common

15-04-12
Athelhampton Gardens

Occasional

05-07-17
SSSI Notification
Badbury Rings Hill Fort Occasional
Ballard Down

Along the hedgerows

26-05-13
Bere Wood

Occasional

31-07-20
Bestwall Marsh Present
Black Hill Heath

SSSI Notification

Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Present

10-06-14
Brooklands Farm Conservation Centre

Present

25-05-12
Brownsea Island Occasional
Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

Present

17-06-13
Cashmoor Down

Frequent

19-08-14
Cole Wood

Present

08-10-17
Collyers Brook Nature Reserve

Frequent

17-06-15
Coneys Castle

Occasional

01-07-15
Corfe Barrows Nature Park

Frequent

23-08-17
Corfe Castle Common Present
Corfe Castle Mound and River Frequent

Occasional

06-08-20
Deadmoor Common

Present

06-07-14
Delph Wood Occasional
SSSI Notification
Duncliffe Wood

Frequent

27-04-11
Durlston Country Park Present
East Holme

Occasional

17-08-20
Eight Acre Wood Local Nature Reserve

Frequent

06-05-14
Fifehead Wood Nature Reserve

Common

16-07-14