Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

A delightful heathland area with other habitat types to add variety. 

 

Site Name Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve
Protection
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
4
Map Reference SY940905
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/countryside-coast-parks/countryside-sites-and-…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S2000234…
Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

Sandford Heath: a comfortable heath -

Sandford Heath is a favourite local site of mine! There is a lot of heath in Purbeck but somehow the character of Sandford Heath is a little different and I put it down to the large heathland areas being somewhat cold and unforgiving whereas this site is warm and comfortable ... well I know what I mean.

There is plenty to see in a range of sub-habitats with dry heath and bog with a wonderful heathland pool which swarms with damselflies and dragonflies on a nice summers day. There is a stream with rich green vegetation and scrubby areas too. Having been planted with conifers at one stage extensive management is underway to remove the plantation trees and restore the area to heathland. The results of this work will take time to come through but the signs are already there that the effort will be worthwhile. 

Despite being close to a busy road, an industrial estate and extensive housing it is a peaceful place and I rarely see anyone else there, just an occasional dog walker and, in school holidays, a couple of the local kids exploring.  

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
F5: Ditches and streams

Minority

H1: Dry Heath

Significant

H3: Wet Heath

Partial

W5: Conifer Plantation

Partial

Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
13-07-20

Bright and breezy again; time for a return visit to Sandford Heath:

  • Found a new site for bee-wolf; they do seem to be getting established here on the sry heaths now
  • The pond was surprisingly quiet with no dragonflies or damselflies although there was a golden-ringed dragonfly nearby
  • The first time I have seen a common lizard here although they must surely be numerous 
Site Records
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Species Scientific Name Notes Record Date Report Date Interest
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata
0
Alder Alnus glutinosa Frequent
0
Alder Gall Mite Eriophyes laevis Present
0
American Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum

Scarce

13-07-20
0
Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystea Present
0
Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua Common
0
Backswimmer Notonecta glauca Present
0
Bank fir moss Polytrichum commune Present
0
Bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum

Numerous

13-07-20
0
Beech Fagus sylvatica Present
0
Bell Heather Erica cinerea

Very common

13-07-20
0
Birch Brittlegill Russula betularum Present
0
Birch Polypore Piptoporus betulinus Present
0
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus

Frequent

13-07-20
0
Black Medick Medicago lupulina Present
0
Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum Present
0
Black Sedge Carex nigra Present
0
Blackbird Turdus merula

Present

13-07-20
0
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
0
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Present
0
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta
0
Blusher Amanita rubescens Present
0
Bog Pondweed Potamogeton polygonifolius

Local

13-07-20
0
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum

Very common

13-07-20
0
Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.

Common

13-07-20
0
Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata Present
0
Broom Cytisus scoparius
0
Brown China Mark Nymphula nymphaeata Present
0
Brown Rollrim Paxillus involutus Present
0
Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosta
0
Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris Present
0
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus
0
Bulbous Rush Juncus bulbosus

Frequent

13-07-20
0
Butter Cap Collybia butyracea Present
0
Buzzard Buteo buteo Present
0
Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata

Common

13-07-20
0
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
0
Chevron Moth Eulithis testata Present
0
Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus sulphureus Present
2
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
0
Cleavers Galium aparine

Frequent

13-07-20
0
Climbing Corydalis Ceratocapnos claviculata Present
0
Clouded Yellow Colias crocea Vagrant
0
Coal Tit Parus ater Present
0
Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata Common
0
Common Bent Agrostis capillaris Present
0
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Present
0
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Common
0
Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum
0
Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea

Occasional

13-07-20
0