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Blackmoor Vale Commons and Moors

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This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Blackmoor Vale Commons and Moors
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Blackmore Vale Commons and Moors SSSI supports a diverse mosaic of semi-natural habitats, including unimproved grasslands, ancient semi-natural woodland and wood pasture, scrub, and an extensive network of hedges, with small wetlands, ponds and waterways. It is of special interest by reason of the following nationally important features that occur within and are supported by the wider habitat mosaic: species-rich neutral grassland of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) type MG5 

Interest Biological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes In addition to the three sites I have visited within this SSSI a part of the Stock Gaylard deer park is included in the designated SSSI but this is mainly private estate with little access.

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Natural England Distribution Map Species List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
Deadmoor Common

A remote and somewhat wild place in central Dorset with an impressive butterfly species list.


Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

A remote, unspoilt area of old Blackmore Vale in the heart of Dorset. Superb site for flowers and insects.


Lydlinch Common

An interesting mix of damp pasture, scrub and woodland renowned for its butterfly species.