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Stokeford Heaths

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

SSSI Name Stokeford Heaths
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Stokeford Heaths consists of several heathland fragments occupying a ridge of high ground (up to 60 metres) between the rivers Piddle and Frome. The ridge is formed from sands and clays of the Bagshot Beds overlain with plateau gravels. The original heathland area has been reduced in extent and fragmented by the quarrying of these deposits. The site is important for its heath and mire plant communities and for the many rare and scarce species associated with the heath and mire. 

Interest Biological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes Much of this SSSI is inaccessible, much hidden behind fencing that keep people out from the various gravel extraction sites along the Puddletown Road. The Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve of Higher Hyde lies within it along with two small pieces of Hethfelton Wood.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Once gravel pits, now a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve and a top site for reptiles, insects and flowers.


Hethfelton Wood

Mixed woodland and heath with a diverse array of flowers and insects.