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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Thorncombe woods experience

We had a very hot few days and yesterday we decided to visit a favourite place of ours close to Thomas Hardy's cottage.  IT was really hot and sticky. I struggled a bit with the heat but what we saw was well worth it.
                                                           THORNCOMBE WOODS

A 26-hectare site, close to Dorchester, incorporating broadleaved and mixed woodland and Black Heath, a mosaic of birch and heath.  Listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory, Thorncombe Woods has great habitat diversity with mature oak, sweet chestnut, beech and mixed woodland. The woodland gives way to Black Heath an area of birch and open areas of bracken and heath as well as a small pond. Dormice have been recently recorded and Song Thrush, Marsh Tit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, all red listed birds of conservation concern, breed in the wood. On Black Heath it is possible to see Dartford Warblers, Yellow Hammers and Nightjars. There are also rare invertebrates associated with both the woodland and heathland.

Running through the site is a well preserved Roman road which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). There are a variety of paths to explore throughout the site linking in with local rights of way to Puddletown Forest and Dorchester.

                                       We had just made it to the pond known as Rushy Pond
When we heard a bit of rustling.  We turned to look and to our amazement and delighted shock 4 horses came trotting up to the pond.  Obviously they were as hot and thirsty as we were.



They munched, drank and nibbled before getting curious.  They came right up to us
and


It was such a surprise.  Apparently they are Dartmoor Ponies that Thorncombe woods have acquired for forest Conservation.  For us it just made our weekend

2 comments:

Susan said...

Wasn't that a wonderful day! I bet it is awesome there in Autumn :)

we have 2 islands here in the states off the Maryland and Virginia shores that have wild horses on them, but they aren't actually that wile, as they are used to visitors now. they will stick their heads right in your car windows and let you touch them, and also are expecting a hand out!! LOL

I am glad to hear you were feeling up to a day out! ...how would you say it..."Good on you"?? (we say Good for you)

and in any language my friend,
Big hugs,
Susan

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay!! Such a fabulous adventure...wish i was there..such beautiful photos..the horses are such magical spirits aren't they!!! Love the photo of it the white one drinking ..could almost be a unicorn...magical! I have one horse..and used to have another( no longer with me)so i LOVED this enchanting post..thanks for such beauty!
Victoria