Beech

Common Name Beech
Scientific Name Fagus sylvatica
Family Deciduous Trees
Interest
2
Description Beech is not indigenous to Dorset and most of our specimens have been planted for specific purposes, often for protection as a wind break or for forestry production
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
05-02-11 Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
14-02-10 Beech (Fagus sylvatica) [3/3]
14-02-10 Beech (Fagus sylvatica) [2/3]
14-02-10 Beech (Fagus sylvatica) [1/3]
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Leaf autumn

Stem

Leaf

Leaf

Seed

Bark

Seed

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

Kinson Common Local Nature Reserve

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

Badbury Rings Hill Fort

National Trust
5

Corfe Castle Mound and River

Bonsley Common

Forestry
2

Milton Park Wood

Forestry
3

Hooke Park Wood

Forestry
2

Duncliffe Wood

Woodland Trust
3

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Hethfelton Wood

Forestry
5

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Oakers Wood and Bog

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Puddletown Forest

Ringmoor and Turnworth Down

Ashmore Wood

Forestry, National Trust
2

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Durlston Country Park

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

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
5

East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Trigon

Open Access
3

Bere Wood

Forestry
3

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
5

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Bestwall Marsh

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, 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

Melbury Park

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve

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

Holway Woods Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
1

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

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

Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Stour Meadows Nature Reserve

Avon Heath Country Park

Dorset Council
2

Pamphill and Abbott Street Copse

Kingston Lacey House and Gardens

Wareham Forest (Great Ovens)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Black Hill Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Delph Wood

BCP Council
3

Trailway (Stourpaine)

Dorset Council
3

Wyke Down and Ackling Dyke

Cole Wood

Forestry
4

Eight Acre Wood Local Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
2

Michaels Peace Nature Reserve

Coneys Castle

National Trust
2

Lamberts Castle

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
1

Blue Pool

Commercial, 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
W12

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

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

A1.3

Mixed Woodland

W14

Fagus sylvatica - Rubus fruticosus [Beech/Bramble] woodland

A1.3

Mixed Woodland

A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

W15:

Fagus sylvatica - Deschampsia flexuosa [Beech/Wavy Hair-grass] 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
04: April 8
05: May 3
06: June 5
07: July 7
08: August 3
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Arne Nature Reserve Present
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Present

23-08-13
Ashmore Wood

Occasional

15-04-12
Avon Heath Country Park

Present

05-08-14
Badbury Rings Hill Fort Local
Bere Wood

Occasional

31-07-20
Bestwall Marsh Present
Black Hill Heath

Present

16-04-13
Blue Pool

Local

25-06-17
Bonsley Common

Area of plantation

10-04-11
Brownsea Island Occasional
Cole Wood Common
Coneys Castle

Frequent

01-07-15
Corfe Castle Mound and River Present
Delph Wood Frequent
Duncliffe Wood

Plantation

27-04-11
Durlston Country Park Present
East Holme

Occasional

East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve

Present

20-06-12
Eight Acre Wood Local Nature Reserve

Present

06-05-14
Fontmell Down Nature Reserve Present
Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Present

12-07-12
Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve SSSI Notification
Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve

Present

24-07-12
Hethfelton Wood Present
Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Present

24-07-12
Holway Woods Nature Reserve

Frequent

09-06-12
Hooke Park Wood

Plantation

22-04-11
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve Present
Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff Present