Bugdens Meadows Nature Reserve
A small reserve with flower-rich wet meadow in the heart of Verwood.
An oasis for the community and wildlife alike in this busy market town, these two small meadows just to the north of Bugden's Copse give a sense of how much of this area would have been in days gone by. The wet grassland and scrubby edge support colourful and varied wildlife, with meadow brown, gatekeeper and common blue butterflies visiting the scruffy pink ragged-Robin, the creamy white meadowseet and the bright yellow blooms of the, rather rare, dyer's greenweed; while grasshoppers buzz and spider, beetles and bugs busy about their business. In late summer the fields are a haze of the purple-blue lollipop heads of devil's-bit scabious so loved by butterflies, bees and beetles anxious for a nectar top up.
Located right in the centre of Verwood just off the B3081 Ringwood Road. Heading east from the round about with the B3072 from Three Legged Cross, the reserve will be seen on the right hand side just after the Tesco express but before the chapel. Main entrance shown on map as 'you are here'.
Access and safety
Acces through gates from main entrance or via Bugden's Copse. There are no formal paths on the reserve, with visitors free to wander between the fields and on into the adjacent wood. However, the ground is wet and boggy in parts and there are several small ditches which may be hidden by vegetation in the spring and summer. Ticks may be present on site, and cattle are used to manage the site - see our Visitor Information page for more information.
Species and habitats
Wet meadow, ditches, hedgerow.
Common blue, gatekeeper, spotted orchid, meadow thistle, ragged-Robin, sneezewort, dyer's greenweed, grass snake, slow-worm.
Nearby nature reserves
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