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Grove Copse

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

Grove Copse is a small 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 is being gradually removed to give space for native trees and shrubs.

Grove Copse

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 gives further information.

Nearest town: Christchurch
Grid reference:


Nearest postcode:

BH23 2PE

Nearest train station:


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. One wooden bench.


Broadleaved woodland

Look out for:

Rooks, jackdaws, woodpeckers, nuthatch, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood butterflies and foxes

Dogs allowed?

Yes but under close control


1.45 ha

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

Greenspaces and Conservation Team

Name: Greenspaces and Conservation Team
Tel: 01202 795000
Full details for Greenspaces and Conservation Team

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