East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve
Interesting wetland habitats fringed by bluebell woodland within the flood plain of the River Frome.
Although only small the terrain in this reserve ranges from reed fen and wet woodland to oak copse. Reed fen is a rare and declining habitat in the county, but one which has provided much information on the history of vegetation changes with pollen sequences preserved in the peat formations. Common reed dominates the reed beds and provides good habitat for reed warbler, water rail and reed bunting. Bluebells are abundant in the dry woodland in the spring. Dragonflies inhabit both the watery pools on site and the adjacent river.
The reed fen areas are also proving to be particularly interesting for the micro fauna they support with ongoing research being undertaken by the Freshwater Biological Association which has resulted in the discovery of two species new to science.
From Wool, head east on Bindon Lane passing Bindon Farm on the bend as you head out of the village. Access to the reserve is about a mile along the road via a public footpath to the left.
Access and safety
Follow the footpath signs from the road over the field to reach the edge of the reserve and enter via a stile. Much of the site is wet throughout the year and visitors are advised to keep to the drier woodland. Please be aware of the presence of ticks on site and take appropriate measures to prevent any bites. There may be a chance of falling branches in the woodland in or following strong winds.
For more information on visiting DWT Nature Reserves, including more on general countryside hazards such as ticks, please see our Visitor Information page.
Species and habitats
Reedbed, reed fen, wet and dry woodland.
Common reed, greater tussock sedge, yellow loosestrife, bluebell, reed and sedge warbler, scarlet tiger.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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