Puddletown Forest

An extensive conifer plantation but with some remnants of heathland and broad leaf woodland evident. Easy walking.

 

Puddletown Forest: in my view - Puddletown Forest is one of several conifer plantations which took over much of the Dorset heathland just after the war. Although predominantly plantation these are fragments of heath to be seen and some broad leaf trees which make this a pleasant enough walk but real wildlife interest does not seem that great. If you make it to the higher areas of the forest though you are rewarded with some fine views to the west, south and east. Also on the higher areas some heath restoration is taking place which is encouraging and hopefully this work will spread as years go by. It has some well made paths and so is good for walking in winter when everywhere else is too wet and muddy. It is also a popular dog walking spot as you will notice from the paths near the car parks and can be quite busy at weekends. It also seems to be a hot spot for mountain bikers and cyclists in general so take care!  
Site Name Puddletown Forest
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Diversity Low (50-100 species)
Map Reference SY735925
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Site Habitats
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H1: Dry Heath

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W3: Mixed Woodland

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