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The parish of Thorncombe is rich in a wide variety of wildlife. There is a  mixture of arable farming and pasture, with wide hedges - many of which have been dated to hundreds of years of age. Many hedges support mature trees, especially oaks, and there are several pieces of woodland and copses in and around the village.

There is a healthy range of habitats, ranging from damp, boggy ground near the rivers Synderford, Axe and Blackwater that surround the area, to sunny pastures and to the high downland of Blackdown, providing suitable environments for a wide range of indigenous plants and flowers and supporting healthy populations of insect-life.

Deer are commonly seen in the fields - and gardens- as are rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals. Many badger setts  are clearly active in the area.

Bird life is exceptionally rich, with common visitors to bird-tables and gardens  including great-spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, treecreepers, nuthatches, siskins, jays and flycatchers. There are nesting buzzards in the Dungeon woods close to the village centre. Herons are frequently seen flying over and visiting ponds and lakes. Pheasants are bred for shooting so are also very common.

                                                  Chard Junction Nature Reserve

We are very fortunate to have a brand new nature reserve on our doorstep. The reserve at Chard Junction Quarry, grid reference ST 345045, has been developed by Dorset Wildlife Trust. In the far west of the county, close to the Somerset and Devon borders, it provides a much needed haven for wildlife as there are no other nature reserves nearby.  The community reserve, which has not seen any quarrying for many years, contains important wildlife habitats, including woods, ponds and establishing grassland.

The reserve is in the southern part of the quarry, which is no longer used by site owners Bardon Aggregates. The owners have worked closely with Dorset Wildlife Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Thorncombe Village Trust.

Volunteers from the area gave up their time and energy to cut back brambles and gorse, make paths and benches, hang gates, lay down walk-ways, put up fencing and erect information boards. The work is on-going, and more volunteers would be welcomed with open arms…. Read on and see photos of the Reserve

We’ve recently added a page on Butterflies and information about a butterfly survey carried out at the Reserve.

                                              Click here for more….

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