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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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10 May, 2013

Site Review: Kings Wood

Site Review: Kings Wood by Peter Orchard
Site Review: Kings Wood, a photo by Peter Orchard on Flickr.

A visit to Kings Wood in early May reveals one of the most awesome botanical sights in Dorset, millions (yes millions) of white-flowered ramsons carpeting the woodland floor. They spread as far as the eye can see, quite amazing! Ramsons is also known as wild garlic and there is a definite scent of garlic as you make your way through the woodland.
Kings Wood is not just a one trick pony, however. Much of it is ancient woodland and there is a good display of bluebells and primroses along with a number of ancient woodland indicator species such as moschatel and wood anemone.
The path through the wood is steeply uphill and has a treat in store at the top as it leads out to Ailwood Down on the crest of the Purbeck Ridge which provides wonderful views across Poole harbour to the north and towards Swanage to the south. Whilst you can meander from the main path through the wood it takes a lot of effort and needs a lot of care, especially if you walk through the carpet of ramsons as it can be very slippery and many trip hazards lie hidden by the big green leaves.
Kings Wood is one of the little known gems of Purbeck; worth a visit anytime but especially in spring.
See other photographs and my species list for Kings Wood here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/sites/kings-wood