Ham Common, Dorset

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Ham Common overlooking Poole Harbour

Ham Common is a Local Nature Reserve at Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset.[1] Located on the north west shores of Poole Harbour, it is predominantly a heathland site but includes many other habitats including waste ground, mixed woodland, and a freshwater lake (Hamworthy Lake).

On 17 October 2003 Ham Common 'twinned' with Fleet Pond Local Nature Reserve in Hampshire. In 2006 a twinning event, and plaque unveiling, took place at Ham Common.[citation needed]


Over 200 bird species, 34 butterfly species, and 25 Odonata species have been logged in the reserve.[citation needed]


Birds inhabiting the reserve include the avocet, grey phalarope, osprey, Dartford warbler, yellow-browed warbler, serin, black-throated diver, hobby, peregrine falcon, wryneck, hoopoe and nightjar.[citation needed]


Butterflies inhabiting the reserve include the long-tailed blue, European swallowtail, purple hairstreak, grayling, silver-washed fritillary, dark green fritillary, brown argus and silver-studded blue.[citation needed]


Odonata inhabiting the reserve include the red-eyed damselfly, southern damselfly, scarce blue-tailed damselfly, brown hawker, scarce chaser and keeled skimmer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ham Common, Dorset". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 

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Coordinates: 50°43′01″N 2°01′44″W / 50.717°N 2.029°W / 50.717; -2.029