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The term 'brownfield' site is used for habitat types where current, or recent, human activity has had a profound effect on the environment and has distorted what one normally expect to find. Usually 'brownfield' sites have no legal protection what so ever but that is not always the case. 

  • Arable Farmland: Land use solely for growing agricultural crops 
  • Gardens: Land cultivated for ornamental plants and culinary plants
  • Buildings, bridges and  walls: Many reserves do have buildings, bridges and  walls and these can have vegetation not encountered elsewhere on the reserve 
  • Fringes - roadsides, bare ground and waste ground: One is likely to encounter 'fringe' habitat almost anywhere, including nature reserves. Indeed, at Durlston Country Park some of the rarest flowers are found in the car parks
  • Quarries and mineral extraction: Whilst of little interest when work is under way, once redundant, quarries and gravel pits can become important nature reserves when nature starts to recolonise them
  • Redundant Railways: Some of the abandoned railways and clay tramways of Dorset have been made into footpaths and cycleways and can have a significant flora and fauna all of their own


Habitat Types: 
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These are some of the habitat types that occur within this general classification. Click/tap any thumbnail for more detail about a specific habitat type.