Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

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


Alners Gorse: how the world should be

Site Details: 
Name of Location Alners Gorse Nature Reserve
Highlights Butterflies
  • Parking can be difficult
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference ST736100
Aspect Detail
Area Central Dorset
Geology Clay
Manager Conservation Organisations
Hazards for the less able: 
Rough Ground
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More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

Ten Top Species: 
Brown Hairstreak
Marsh Fritillary
White Admiral
Silver-washed Fritillary
Great Lettuce
Garden Warbler
Dyers Greenweed
Zigzag Clover
Simple habitat guide: 
W1: Broad-leaf Woodland
SM: Mixed Scrub
GN: Neutral Grassland
SH: Hedgerow Scrub
SSSI Details: 
SSSI Name Blackmoor Vale Commons and Moors
Interest Biological
Schedule Link View schedule on Natural England database
Citation Link View full Natural England citation
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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