Ashley Wood Nature Reserve
An ancient hazel and ash coppice, which produces a fabulous display of wood anemones and bluebells in early spring, and supports a wide variety of woodland birds.
Since acquiring the reserve in 1999, Dorset Wildlife Trust has reinstated a coppice-with-standards management system, which now provides a varied woodland structure with wide sunny rides, perfect for butterflies such as speckled wood, white admiral and silver-washed fritillary. Various species of bat use the wood, including the rare Bechstein’s bat. In addition to the white and blue carpet of wood anemones and bluebells in spring, look out for other flowers, such as primrose, pignut, early purple orchid and orpine.
Adjacent to the B3082 Wimborne Road at Tarrant Keyneston, 4km east of Blandford. Travelling south on the B3082, approximately 500m past Ashley Wood Garage there is a track on the left, just before the houses, into the reserve. Access is by foot only through the field gate at the end of the track. No parking available on site but you should be able to park in the village and follow one of several public footpaths leading towards the wood.
Access and safety
A map and other site details can be found on the information board just inside the main entrance. From there a network of rides enables access around the reserve, meeting up with a public footpath at the north end of the site. The ground is generally not steep, but is occasionally uneven. Be mindful of the risk of falling branches during of after strong winds. General information about visiting our reserves can be found here.
Species and habitats
Bluebell, wood anemone, early purple orchid, common dog violet, Bechstein's bat, brown long-eared bat, roe deer, spotted flycatcher, song thrush, bullfinch, marsh tit, speckled wood, silver-washed fritillary, white admiral.
Wood anemone © Jane Adams
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Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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