Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve
Steep-sided copse with a wealth of specialist woodland plants.
This reserve is a peaceful woodland site once used as a place for reflection by monks from the nearby Hillfield Friary. A subsequent commercial crop of conifers was cleared by the last owner, allowing native species, mostly ash with a hazel understorey, to regenerate. The wood is alive with the song of willow warbler and black cap in spring and many wildflowers can be found here, including such rareties as fly orchid and herb-Paris.
The reserve lies to the north of the road between Minterne Magna and Holywell (Evershot). The gated entrance is close to the public viewpoint at Highfield Hill, just west of the minor road leading steeply downhill to Hillfield Friary. Parking available at the nearby Hillfield car park (Dorset County Council site).
Access and safety
Enter the reserve from the gate off the B road to the south of the reserve, or on the path up from the minor road from the friary. A well worn path takes you diagonally across the site between these two points. A further path leads across the top of the wood but you are best to return the same way once you reach the end of the wood as desending the slope here means traversing very steep, often slippery ground and can be very difficult. Care should also be taken on the upper track to avoid tripping on the many flints lying at the surface but often hidden by the longer grass, sturdy footwear is recomended for this path. Be mindful of the possibility of falling branches at all times but particularly following strong winds.
Ticks may be present on site. For more information on taking precautions against tick bites and other aspects of visiting DWT Nature Reserves please see our Visitor Information page.
Species and habitats
Broadleaved and coniferous woodland, open glades.
Bluebell, fly orchid, bird's-nest-orchid , herb-Paris, wood sorrel, dormouse, badger, willow warbler, silver-washed fritillary .
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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