Hatchards Copse is a remnant of a once extensive woodland habitat that at one time belonged to the Fryer Estate.

Bordered to the west by the Moors river and the grassland of Fryer Field to the east, this small site is especially pleasant in spring with the first flush of new growth on the Hazel. It is well used by local people as a pleasant place to walk the circular route, which passes through hazel stands of differing ages.

Nearest Town West Moors
Look out for Spring flowers such as Primrose and Dog's Mercury. Shrubs like Butcher's broom and Redcurrant. Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.

Oak woodland with ancient woodland status with underlying Hazel copse bordered by wet meadows, grass fields and a number of hedgerows and ditches.

Site designations


Nearest bus stop Station Road, Wilts and Dorset bus route
Nearest train station Poole (11 miles)
Grid reference SU 075 031
Size 5.5 hectares
Parking Parking is available in the car park next to the Bowls Club
Accessibility Unsurfaced, narrow paths
Facilities Dog bins at main entrances
Owner West Moors Parish Council
Managed by West Moors Parish Council
How to get there

From West Moors village centre,follow Station Road north, and turn left onto Bond Avenue (also signposted Fryers Playing Fields). Turn left into car park.

From Three-Legged Cross direction, follow signs for West Moors (B3072), and as you approach West Moors village, turn right onto Bond Avenue (also signposted Fryer's Playing Fields). Turn left into the car park.

Countryside Officer - East Dorset

Name: Eastern Area Ranger Team
Email: b.wallbridge@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01425 483809
Full contact details

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