Ashley Wood Reserve

 

Size: 12ha.

Originally part of a large woodland area this ancient hazel & ash coppice has a display of bluebells & wood anemones in early spring.  Rotational coppicing and mown rides create open areas encouraging butterflies & wild flowers.

Wildlife interest:

  • Excellent variety of woodland birds & flowers.
  • Orpine & early purple orchid along the rides.
  • Great spotted woodpeckers nest.
  • Silver-washed fritillary & speckled wood butterflies can be seen in the cleared glades.

Best time to visit:

Any time of year. Early spring for a show of bluebells.

Access:

Limited due to the wet nature of the ground.

Location:

Map ref. ST 928048.  From Blandford travel south on the B3082.  Approximately 500m past garage on left there is a track, next to a house, into the reserve.  Access is by foot only through the field gate.  Parking not available on site.

 

Ashley Wood - photo by Dick Hill

 

Ashley Wood bluebells

 

Ashley Wood map

 

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