Cole Wood

A pleasant and interesting woodland currently mainly mixed plantation but the conifers are being removed which will enhance the area greatly    

Cole Wood

Cole Wood is a small but significant area of mixed woodland to the south east of Wool. It is part of the Lulworth Estate and is managed by the estate rangers.

At some point in the past conifers were introduced; these have now reached maturity and are gradually being thinned which will benefit the site as a whole. I believe the removal of the conifers intended to be permanent and replacements will not be planted.

The woodland is blessed with a good range of spring flora which is well worth a visit and in mid-summer the extensive understory of brambles attracts lots of insects, especially in the frequent sunny glades. The wood is the best site I know for hornets that can be seen in late summer and is the only site where I have ever seen the horntail (or giant wood wasp). There is also a good colony of silver-washed fritillary.

Nice and untidy with much fallen timer left to decompose naturally make for an interesting walk although the footpaths are not, in general, well made and are just tracks between the vegetation so would not suit less able people.

My records for this site include those seen along the road that leads from the west of the wood, along its southern border past Woodstreet Farm.

Site Name Cole Wood
Protection Forestry
Interest
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Diversity High (150-200 species)
Map Reference SY862860
County Dorset
SSSI
Website
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
W3: Mixed Woodland

Significant

Sites Photos

A lovely afternoon for a woodland walk

Photo Date
15-06-20

Foxgloves are still going strong

Photo Date
15-06-20

Some work has been done on thinning out the conifers

Photo Date
15-06-20

Thinning of the conifers is slowly taking place during winter months

Photo Date
18-03-14

The paths through the wood would not suit less abled people

Photo Date
18-03-14

Farmland borders the wood to the north

Photo Date
18-03-14

It can get a bit muddy in places in winter

Photo Date
18-03-14

Some areas can get quite wet in winter

Photo Date
18-03-14

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Photo Date
18-03-14

Woodstreet Farm lies to the south

Photo Date
18-03-14
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
18-07-20

A bright but very breezy afternoon so a return to Cole Wood seemed a good choice:

  • Most of the flowers are over now so paid a bit more attention to other things
  • Having visited not long ago I really just looked for what was new
  • Some butterflies about but no silver-washed fritillary this time
15-06-20

A warm, pleasant afternoon despite the breeze; ideal for a woodland walk:

  • Very quiet both in terms of people and wildlife
  • A grey squirrel, several blackbirds and singing wrens, not much else
  • Foxgloves still going stgrong and also yellow pimpernell
31-03-19

No information was recorded about this visi

27-06-18

No information was recorded about this visit

08-10-17

No information was recorded from this visit