Deadmoor Common

A remote and somewhat wild place in central Dorset with an impressive butterfly species list.


Deadmoor Common: the real Blackmore Vale - Hundreds, if not thousands, of years of human activity have transformed the Dorset landscape and it is so easy to look at our world today and not appreciate how continual gradual change has brought about this transformation. Just occasionally one encounters a place where you might not see the world as it was thousands of years ago but you do get see how it was, say, before the second world war and the subsequent dramatic agricultural revolution that has occurred since. One such place, I feel, is Deadmoor Common, not far from Sturminster Newtown. Deadmoor Common is a lonely place! Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say it is a place you can be alone. Not easy to access, not really close to inhabitation of any scale, no footpaths, no facilities, it has a wildness one does not encounter in many other places. It is not a moorland wildness as you might find in the north of England or in Scotland or Wales but a different sort of wildness, perhaps a wildness unique to the south of England. If you choose to visit Deadmoor Common please take a navigational device to help you find you way back out! Ensure you wear Wellingtons or really good waterproof boots as the soil is clay and gets very wet. Wear thick trousers to protect against some rather nasty blood sucking insects that frequent the grasslands and if you go alone ensure someone knows where you are and when you will be back! Most of all, if you do visit Deadmoor Common enjoy it, it is unique.  
Site Name Deadmoor Common
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Diversity Low (50-100 species)
Map Reference ST750110
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
G2: Neutral Grassland


S2: Mixed Scrub


W3: Mixed Woodland