Troublefield © Nigel Brooks
Troublefield © Nigel Brooks
Troublefield © Nigel Brooks

Troublefield © Nigel Brooks

A mixture of meadows and woodland with a range of interesting waterloving plants

Location

Troublefield
Hurn
Dorset

OS Map Reference

SZ1250597727
A static map of Troublefield

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

N/A

Parking information

Parking on track leading to reserve.

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

Cattle - anytime from spring to autumn.

Walking trails

Permissive Open Access.

Access

Field gates at entrances to meadows. No made paths in meadows, where ground is wet and uneven, but short track through wood.

The south meadow is accessed through the field gate at the end of the entrance track. A short ride (ungated) also comes off the entrance track through the edge of the wood, with access to the north meadow through the field gate at the end. There are no marked paths on site with visitors able to wander through the meadows as they please. The ground tends to be wet and can be quite uneven in places.

Visitors should take care at the edges of the ditches and river and especially avoid standing on any areas of overhanging banks. The river itself is deep and can be fast flowing. Please be careful of overhanging branches in, or following strong winds. The fields are grazed during spring and summer - keep your distance and observe any signs, and ticks may be present on site. For more advice please see our Visitor Information page.

Dogs

On a lead
Please remove all dog mess from site.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

Tucked in behind Hurn airport this little reserve is a great location for dragonfly spotting.

Surrounded on one side by the Moors River and by well vegetated ditches on the other, this reserve is home to up to 16 species of dragonfly, with the combination of flowing and standing water alongside rushy grassland, trees and scrub creating a variety of conditions to suit a range of different species. As well as dragonflies look out for the colourful floodplain flowers of flag iris, purple loosestrife and meadowsweet as well as a host of insect and bird life.  

Useful Information

From Hurn post office travel 600m up Matchams Lane, turn left down a hidden track. Follow the track for about 250m to where the track widens with room to park one or two cars. To enter the reserve, head along the track to the right of the house for about 50m.

Contact us

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Troublefield Nature Reserve Map

Troublefield Nature Reserve Map