Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

An excellent Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve with a diverse array of habitat and wide range of floral species.

 

Site Name Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
4
Map Reference ST514074
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/bracketts-coppice
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Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Brackett's Coppice: buy one get one free! -

The Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Brackett's Coppice is certainly a must for the nature enthusiast. Although called a copse the reserve covers quite a large area and along with the old coppiced woodland there are some wonderful hay meadows. It is like two reserves in one with such differing habitat types so close together and yet giving totally different species. It is certainly a special place in a remote area of north western Dorset where there is no sound of traffic and few other distractions, it is just you and nature.

The copse itself is actually a wooded river valley. Steep sides lead down through the woods to a fast flowing stream at the bottom. There are records of dipper and kingfisher from here but I am not sure whether that is current or somewhat historical. I certainly saw no trace of either but then I was not there very long! The woodland has a diverse spring flora (including bird's-nest orchid) together with many singing birds and later in the year ferns become well established. One word of warning though, the steep paths can also be very muddy and so do not venture there without Wellington boots and take extreme care, especially if alone.

The hay meadows are something else! Recalling Kingcombe in many ways these fields seem to have been left unimproved and are a mass of flowers and grasses including the best display of common spotted orchids I have seen for some time.  Where there are damp meadows like this the marsh fritillary can be found and there is a reasonable colony here in late May/early June. There are, of course, lots of other insects too.

There is actually a third area of differing habitat which once had conifers on it but these have been removed to give a wild, damp, scrubby area that is quickly regenerating with natural flora.

I really cannot recommend a visit to Bracketts Coppice enough, it is a top site but do watch out for the very damp, muddy conditions underfoot.    

Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
F5: Ditches and streams

Partial

G2: Neutral Grassland

Partial

W1: Broad-leaf Woodland

Significant

Site Records
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Species Scientific Name Notes Record Date Report Date Interest
Adders Tongue Fern Ophioglossum vulgatum

Present

0
Alder Alnus glutinosa Present near the river
0
Alder Buckthorn Frangula alnus Present
0
Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua Very common
0
Ash Fraxinus excelsior Present
0
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella Present
0
Bank fir moss Polytrichum commune Present
0
Betony Stachys officinalis Recorded by others
0
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus Present
0
Birdsnest Orchid Neottia nidus-avis Present
0
Bitter Vetchling Lathyrus linifolius Present
0
Black Medick Medicago lupulina Present
0
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Recorded by others
0
Blackthorn Prunus spinosa Present
0
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Recorded by others
0
Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta Frequent
0
Bracken Pteridium aquilinum Very common in places
0
Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg. Common
0
Broad Buckler-fern Dryopteris dilatata Occasional
0
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius Common
0
Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris Occasional
0
Bugle Ajuga reptans Present
0
Buzzard Buteo buteo Recorded by others
0
Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata Common
0
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Present
0
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Present
0
Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae Present
0
Cleavers Galium aparine Common
0
Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata Very common
0
Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum Present
0
Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica Common
0
Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius Cuckoo-spit evident
0
Common Horsetail Equisetum arvense Present
0
Common Mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum Common
0
Common Nettle Urtica dioica Common in patches
0
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa Common
0
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii Common
0
Common Stump Brittlestem Psathyrella piluliformis Present
0
Common Twayblade Neottia ovata Recorded by others
0
Common Vetch Vicia sativa Present
0
Compact Rush Juncus conglomeratus Frequent
0
Corky-fruited Water-dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides Present
0
Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris Common
0
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens Common
0
Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense Frequent
0
Creeping-Jenny Lysimachia nummularia Occasional
0
Crested Dogs-tail Cynosurus cristatus Common
0
Cuckooflower Cardamine pratensis Occasional
0
Curled Dock Rumex crispus Common
0
Cut-leaved Cranesbill Geranium dissectum Present
0