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Emer Bog and Baddesley Common

Transition mire and wet woodland of international importance with remnants of heath, wood pasture and acid/neutral grassland.

Emer Bog is an excellent example of a lowland valley mire. It has a rich flora and fauna dominated by bog species including reeds and sedges. Downstream, the bog gives way to a mature alder carr, whilst upstream, it moves into heathland with pine, birch and scrub. Baddesley Common contains remnants of former common land. Today, it forms an acid grassland dominated by purple moor grass, cross-leaved heather and meadow thistle.


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Reserve information

1 mile from North Baddesley
North Baddesley
SO51 9BN (close to Emer Farm on Green Lane)
Map reference
SU 388 219
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52.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
A wide variety of underfoot conditions may be encountered. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Timber boardwalk through alder carr woodland. Two public footpaths run across the site (details on Hampshire County Council website). Footpaths can be muddy and ponies graze across the whole site.
Parking for up to 3 cars on hard standing off Green Lane next to Emer Farm entrance.
Dogs must be on lead
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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Tel: 02380 424206