Mill Ham Island Nature Reserve
A small 'island' of quiet scrubby woodland by the banks of the River Stour.
With steep banks to the river on one side and a wet reedy area on the river's old course to the other, this little visited pocket of scrub and trees offers a retreat for water birds, and a chance for a spot of quiet river watching.
Four miles west of Sturminster Newton, turn east off the A357 signposted to Child Okeford and park by the railway bridge. Take the public footpath across the fields to a bridge across the river and on to the reserve entrance in the next field.
Access and safety
A bridge with stile leads over the ditch and onto the reserve, and a narrow path cuts through the tall vegetation to the river bank on the other side giving access to the shaded river banks. In late spring and summer much of the reserve is covered by tall dense vegetation with quite a lot of nettle. There are steep, unprotected banks to the River Stour and care should be taken at all times. Avoid times of heavy rain and high water levels.
Species and habitats
River, scrub & planted trees.
Arrowhead, black poplar, lesser water-parsnip, otter, reed warbler, banded demoiselle.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
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