Woolmer Forest Heritage Society

The Bordon inclosure in the Woolmer Forest its Natural History in the parish of Whitehill Bordon

Bordon Inclosure and its Natural History

Total Area - 22 Hectares


The location is centred on British National Grid reference SU803364. It is bounded on its northern edge by Lindford Road, on the east by the River Wey and in the south it is contiguous with the Deadwater Valley LNR. The western edge abuts the Trenchard and St Lucia housing estates.

The Bordon Inclosure is owned by the MOD. None of this land has SINC recognition, but it does form a wildlife corridor from Alexandra Park SINC, part of the Deadwater Valley LNR in the south and Broxhead Common South SINC, which is contiguous with Broxhead Common SPA to the north.

The north-west section of the Bordon Inclosure is the least diverse as it is a mixture of beech, hornbeam, sycamore, birch and oak. This means the canopy is dense, which prevents much in the way of ground flora, except in one small glade. However, the hornbeam woodland does contain hawfinches.

The north-east section has been planted with pines or hemlock, some of which have been felled in the last few years. Ling (Calluna vulgaris) and purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea) have reappeared in places, which is indicative of heathland. Probably this area is land enclosed from a heathland common. On the north side of the track to the bridge over the River Wey there is a significantly large pollarded oak supporting many lichens.

The southern section has a wet alderwood alongside the river and broad leaved woodland on the drier high ground to the west, part of which was occupied by the Commanding Officer's house for Quebec Barracks. This latter area contains introduced trees and shrubs such as Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). The wet alderwood contains the most interesting species botanically, with 16 being in the Ancient Woodland Vascular Plants list.

The River Wey has been a suitable habitat for Water Vole and White-clawed Crayfish, but they have been ousted by wild mink and Signal Crayfish respectively.
 

    UK BAP Species

        Hawfinch   Coccothraustes

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Hawfinch


    Hampshire BAP Priority Habitat Action Plans

        Fen
        Carr Marsh
        Swamp
        Reed beds

fen marsh swamp reeds


    Notable Hampshire Species

        Large Bitter Cress    Cardamine amara
        White Sedge    Carex curta
        Hop Sedge   Carex pseudocyperus
         Shore Horsetail    Equisetum x litorale

Large Bitter Cress
White Sedge
Hop Sedge
Shore Horsetail