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Grove Copse

Information on Grove Copse in Christchurch, including woodland wildlife and location.

Grove Copse is a nature reserve located in the west of the borough, close to St Catherine's Hill. The site is comprised mainly of mature oak woodland habitat, with an understorey of hazel, birch and holly. Rhododendron, previously dominating has been gradually removed to give space for native trees and shrubs.

The site was formerly part of Grove Farm. The farmhouse today exists as a private residence next to the site. This site has historically been referred to as 'Bluebell Wood' although only small patches of bluebells remain. Despite the small size, the site is important for local wildlife, particularly woodland birds and is managed with the aim of maintaining and improving it as a wildlife habitat. The Grove Copse Management Plan (pdf, 62kb) (opens in a new window) gives further information.

Nearest town:Christchurch
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Nearest postcode:BH23 2PE
Nearest train station:Christchurch
Nearest bus stop:River Way, near junction with Stour Way

On road parking on Hurn Way or Stour Way


Gates are 1.2m wide. Terrain is flat and soft ground

Habitat:Broadleaved woodland
Look out for:Rooks, jackdaws, woodpeckers, nuthatch, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood butterflies and foxes
Dogs allowed?Yes but under close control
Size:1.45 ha
Managed by:Christchurch & East Dorset Countryside Team
What to do?A pleasant wooded open space to walk and relax in. It is a small site but worth including as part of a visit to the nearby St Catherine's Hill
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