Powerstock Common Reserves

Size: 115ha.

Superb views of Dorset's coastline. Range of habitats, chiefly woodland, but with open grassy areas along the line of the disused railway, with hedgebanks and numerous small ponds. Range of wildlife and flowers; particularly important for butterfly species.

Wildlife interest:

  • Resident woodland bird species, together with a number of migrants such as willow warblers & chiffchaffs.
  • Wildflowers include bluebells, pendulous sedge, bee orchid, rock rose, dyers greenweed & devil's-bit scabious.
  • Speckled wood & wood white, marsh fritillary & brown argus butterflies.
  • Superb for newts & dragonflies in the ponds.

Nature Trail

Download this Nature Trail PDF and enjoy following either a long or short guided walk on Powerstock Common nature reserve.

Best time to visit:

Interest at any time, but best in spring & early summer.

Grazing animals:

Livestock graze many of our nature reserves, including Powerstock. Find out more by reading our Grazing animals safety leaflet.


Generally good with wide clear paths.


Map ref. SY 547974.  Situated about 3 miles W. of Maiden Newton, the reserve entrance/parking area lies adjacent to a disused railway bridge on a minor road parallel to & about a mile W. of the A356, connecting the B3163 with the A35.


Powerstock April 2006

 Powerstock Common

The wardens at Powerstock Common are currently investigating the importance of the site for bats - with funding for recording equipment and bat boxes kindly provided by the Naturesave Trust.

Powerstock map



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