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Cranborne Chase

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

SSSI Name Cranborne Chase
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Straddling the Dorset/Wiltshire border, Cranborne Chase comprises one of the largest tracts of semi-natural woodland in these counties. It derives from an ancient hunting forest, and includes remnants of enclosed medieval coppice, commonland wood pasture and 19th century hazel plantation. The ground flora includes many uncommon species and is exceptionally rich in plants closely associated with ancient woodland. The Chase is one of the richest sites for lichens in southern England. The invertebrate fauna includes uncommon butterflies and moths, and the site supports a diverse woodland bird fauna.

Interest Biological
Status Not Featured on NoD
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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
Garston Wood Nature Reserve

A much overlooked RSPB reserve packed with interest, not necessarily for birds but for woodland flora and is especially good for buterflies