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  • Studland Heath National Nature Reserve

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    Name of Location Studland Heath National Nature Reserve
    Highlights Dragonflies and damselflies, Over-wintering birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Views
    Facilities
    • Ample parking on site
    • Charge for parking
    • Manned visitor centre
    • Cafe on site
    • Toilets on site
    • Picnic area
    • Viewing hides and shelters
    • Signed routes and trails
    • Guided walks and events
    OS Map Reference SZ034836
    Aspect Detail
    Manager National Trust
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Mossy Stonecrop Crassula tillaea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    5
    Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca Recorded by others
    5
    Marsh Gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    5
    Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis Recorded by others
    5
    Slender Thistle Carduus tenuiflorus Present 19/09/2012
    4
    Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata Winter visitor 01/01/2011
    4
    Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima Several 01/01/2011
    4
    Great Sundew Drosera anglica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    4
    Pale Butterwort Pinguicula lusitanica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    4
    Adder Vipera berus Recorded by others
    4
    Habitat(s) Extent Comment
    W4: Wet Woodland Partial Around Little Sea
    H1: Dry Heath Significant On higher ground
    H3: Wet Heath Minority Some areas along the road
    FL: Lakes and reservoirs Partial Little Sea
    CD: Coastal Dunes Significant Between the beach and the heath
    H4: Valley Mire and Bog Partial Much of the area to the east of Ferry Road
    H8: Dune Heath Partial Much of the sandy area behind the beach

    This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

    SSSI Name Studland and Godlingston Heaths
    Primary Photo
    Description

    Underlying the south and west of this site are the Bagshot Beds against which sand dunes have built up over the past 3 or 4 centuries forming a large part of the South Haven Peninsula and enclosing a lake, Little Sea. In addition to the importance of the peninsula as a key site for coastal geomorphology, the range of habitats on Studland and Godlingston Heaths, including a fine expanse of heathland with many rare animals, makes this area of outstanding importance for nature conservation.

    Interest Biological, Geological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes Two national nature reserves with many heathland species combine to make this a key SSSI site in the Purbeck area of Dorset.

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