The Good Archive - Habitat Information

Habitat Information

Map showing all of the sites surveyed

Map showing all of the sites surveyed

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Some of the stands in the Marshwood Vale

Some of the stands in the Marshwood Vale

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In all 7575 stands were surveyed across Dorset excluding the built-up area around Bournemouth and Poole and three parishes which were formerly part of Hampshire. All of the stands, which were marked on a set of the 2nd series 6" maps, have now been scanned in to the computer and rectified according to the current Ordnance Survey projection enabling each stand to be precisely marked on to the present OS map.

Each site is accompanied by a list of species found while walking the stand. The plates below show a list from the original diaries which have now been entered on to the Recorder database.

Good made a comprehensive survey of all the habitats in Dorset with particular attention to the more natural vegetation communities such as woodlands or meadows, but he also surveyed man made habitats such as walls and open vegetation communities. In some cases more detailed descriptions of habitat type can be found which identify the dominant species. Examples include Bogs and Marshes with Hydrocotyle vulgaris and Hypericum elodes or Woods of Beech or Oak and Hazel.

Table summarising the habitat type and the number surveyed

Some of the lists taken from Fitzworth Peninsula

Some of the lists taken from Fitzworth Peninsula

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Habitats Sites surveyed

Aquatic vegetation:
Rivers, Riversides, Streams, Lakes, Ponds, Pools


Marshes, Marshy meadows, Swamps


Maritime sites: Cliffs, Undercliffs, Rocky shores, Shingle Mud flats, Salt marsh. Sand Dunes


Heathland sites: Grass heath, Boggy heath, Bracken heath, Heath tracks


Grassland sites: Meadows, Pastures and hayfields, Embankments, roadsides


Hedgebanks, Boundaries, Drove roads and Trackways


Thickets: (Scrub) mixed with grassland


Woodland: Deciduous and Coniferous woodland, Parkland and copses etc


Arable fields




Other sites:
Quarries, Rabbit warrens, Fallow fields


Adapted from. Horsefall, A (1989) Some Effect of Habitat Change on the Dorset Flora. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, Volume III

Habitat Comparisons

Stands surveyed within a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve

Stands surveyed within a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve

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The site information, which carries habitat information, is now an invaluable source of comparison with, for example, sites of known conservation status such as Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserves, or for similar comparisons with habitats where the present conservation status is less well known. Many of the stands found outside conservation designations show lists of interesting species identifying habitats of conservation importance which are now no more. Traditional pastures and meadows appear to be one of the most changed habitats since the survey.

The map opposite shows some of the stands (in red) occurring within a Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve (in blue). Comparisons are similarly available with many other conservation designations now managed and kept on DERC's Geographical Information System.