Welcome to Slop Bog

Slop Bog is a place for people and nature. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) managed by Dorset Countryside. Visitors have the rare opportunity to easily cross the spagnum bog via the boardwalk, which also provides excellent pond dipping opportunities. Relatively short paths also meander through heathland, wet woodland and conifer plantation all within this small reserve (22.6 hectares).

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Who are the Guardians?

Formed in 2003 from a group of local people to oversee and protect the area known as Slop Bog.

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Where is Slop Bog?

Situated in Ferndown, Dorset – there are several entries to the nature reserve from the B3072 West Moors Road.

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What can I see there?

  • Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Flowering Plants
  • Insects
  • Birds
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How can I join?

If you would like to become a friend of Slop Bog, you can find details of how to join us here.

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The Perfect Outdoor Classroom

Slop Bog is home to many specialised and some rare species
including: Dragonflies and Damselflies (14 recorded species). Silver-
studded Blue butterflies. Also Common Frogs, Grass-snakes, Palmate
newts. Plants especially adapted to the heath and bog. Marsh Gentian,  Bog Asphodel, White Beak-sedge and Sundew. See our wildlife section and our resident Photographer George has an extensive photographic collection on Flickr.

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Work Parties

The Slop Bog Guardians hold regular work parties each month and
assist the Dorset Countryside Conservation Rangers in the site’s
management. We are interested in increasing local knowledge by
encouraging participation in Slop Bog’s management and to bring
people together in enjoying this valuable green space. Click on About Us for details.

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