Sharford Bridge

A walk across National Trust land which passes through four very different habitats; heath, woodland, damp meadow and arable field.  

Site Name Sharford Bridge
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
5
Map Reference SY962848
County Dorset
More Information
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1003819…
Sharford Bridge

Sharford Bridge: The Hartland way -

Our walk to Sharford Bridge and beyond starts from the road across Hartland Moor half way between Scotland Farm and the track down to Middlebere Farm. There are places here where it is possible to safely park off of the road. The path follows a signed cycle route known as the Hartland Way and you will often encounter cyclists along the path but that is not usually a problem.

Having parked if you came by car you first cross some open acid heath grassland and descend to a gateway into a delightful small piece of acid woodland featuring oak.birch trees and various woodland flowers. Emerging from the wood via another gate there is an expanse of damp meadow to your right; this is Corfe Meadows SSSI which I talk about separately on this website.

Sharford bridge itself is not a grand affair; a wooden bridge with stone walls and a wooden gate each end. It crosses the Corfe river and this another good spot for flora and damselflies in summer.

Heading on there are two large seemingly uninteresting fields to cross but look closely and you will find various weeds of cultivation that one does not see very often in these days of herbicidal treatments in pasture meadows. Once across these field and through another gate the path continues on across heathland towards Remptone forest or as far as you want to go. Not long ago this area was covered in forestry plantation but the conifers have gone now and the heath is being restored.

Once you have gone far enough turn round and head back!

Sharford Bridge

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
B1: Arable farmland

Significant

F5: Ditches and streams

Partial

H2: Dry Heath/Acid Grassland Mosaic

Minority

W2: Acid Woodland

Partial

Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
08-06-20

A bright and breezy afternoon but pleasant enough; cooling breeze was welcome at times.

  • With no rain for weeks everywhere is parched and there are not many flowers to be seen
  • The damp meadow by the river is still a picture though with oxeye daisy, meadow buttercup and red clover
  • A few meadow brown about but not much else plus a displaying tree pipit
Site Records
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Species Scientific Name Notes Record Date Report Date Interest
7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata Present
0
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria Present
0
Alder Alnus glutinosa Local
0
Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua Abundant
0
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo Numerous
0
Bell Heather Erica cinerea Present
0
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Occasional
0
Birdsfoot Ornithopus perpusillus Scarce
0
Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara Present
0
Black Mustard Brassica nigra Present
0
Black Sedge Carex nigra Present
0
Blackbird Turdus merula Present
0
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Present
0
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa Common
0
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Present
0
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta Local
0
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum Frequent
0
Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg. Common
0
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni Present
0
Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata Local
0
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius Common
0
Broom Cytisus scoparius Present
0
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus Common
0
Bulbous Rush Juncus bulbosus Present
0
Buzzard Buteo buteo Present
0
Carrion Crow Corvus corone Present
0
Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata Occasional
0
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Several
0
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Present
0
Cleavers Galium aparine Local
0
Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata Common
0
Common Bent Agrostis capillaris Present
0
Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum Frequent
0
Common Centaury Centaurium erythraea Present
0
Common Chickweed Stellaria media Present
0
Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale Scarce
0
Common Dog-violet Viola riviniana Present
0
Common Field Speedwell Veronica persica Present
0
Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra Present
0
Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum very common
0
Common Nettle Urtica dioica Common
0
Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea Common
0
Common Ramping-fumitory Fumaria muralis Present
0
Common Reed Phragmites australis Present
0
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa Occasional
0
Common Storksbill Erodium cicutarium Frequent
0
Common Valerian Valeriana officinalis Present
0
Common Vetch Vicia sativa Occasional
0
Corky-fruited Water-dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides Present
0
Corn Mint Mentha arvensis Present
0