Bog Lane Natural Green Space

A recently designated area with two small contrasting woodland habitats to explore

bog lane

I can't remember quite when but it must have been about 2016 that I noticed work going on in a patch of woodland near the Springfield Hotel near Stoborough, Wareham. New fencing was put i, a car park made and some scrub cleared. Shortly afterwards it was opened as Bog Lane Natural Green Space.

The site consists of three segments, two contrasting woodland areas with some open amenity grassland in between. The open area is of little ecological value and is used mainly to exercise dogs but it is also grazed by some young cattle in summer; not a good mix I would have thought!

The the eastern side is a wooded area with a stream running through it with damp tolerant species like willow and birch as well as oak and some conifers. It has floral interest along the stream banks and is good for fungi in autumn. In winter the path is useful for getting good views across the Frome valley where some significant birds occasionally occur.

The western woodland is very different being much drier. Here Oak and birch dominate with, again, some planted conifers. Being drier it has a much more varied array of vegetation on the woodland floor and has a good display of foxgloves, especially, in early summer.

Not a large site but if you are looking for an hour's stroll in spring, summer or autumn Bog Lane is worth a try but be prepared for dogs!

Site Name Bog Lane Natural Green Space
Protection Local Authority
Interest
2
Average: 2 (1 vote)
Diversity Very low
Map Reference SY919856
County Dorset
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Sites Photos

The stream wends it way through thick undergrowth

Photo Date
21-06-20

In places the path becomes very muddy and so boardwalks have been installed

Photo Date
21-06-20

The path to the east of the river is very different to the western path

Photo Date
21-06-20

From the top end of the path there are views across the Frome water meadows

Photo Date
21-06-20

The two areas of woodland are separated by a field of improved grazing pasture

Photo Date
21-06-20

The western wood is dry acid woodland and very different from the wet eastern wood

Photo Date
21-06-20

The western wood is a mixture of oak/birch with planted Corsican pine 

Photo Date
21-06-20

The western wood has a typical acid soil flora understory

Photo Date
21-06-20
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
23-07-20

An overcast and breezy afternoon with a threat of rain so time for a  visit to Bog Lane where it provides a bit of shelter:

  • Just new and notable species in the records today
  • Still added 30 new species for the site taking it to 118 in total
  • More dogs than I have seen there before so not many animals/birds about!
21-06-20

A sunny and quite warm afternoon but a really stiff breeze rather spoilt things a bit!

  • Good to see swallows feeding over the field; I guess they must be nesting close by
  • The stream is now dominated by hemlock water-dropwort but there seemed to be very few insects feeding on it
  • The display of rhododendrons is nearly over  for another year
10-09-19

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26-03-19

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