Verwood 1985 BBC Domesday Project. - Hillside School.
Ecology of Verwood.
Wet and Dry Heaths.
Plants & Reptiles.
Birds & Insects.
The wet & dry HEATHS have rare and ENDANGERED
SPECIES. The disused sandpits and surroundings near
STEPHEN'S CASTLE and Dewlands Common are a haven for these.
PLANTS :- Common
Gorse, Dwarf Gorse Broom, Sundew. Common Centaury, Bracken,
Brambles, Fly agaric. Bell Ling & Cross Leaved Heather,
Bog Asphodel. Milkwort. Tormentil,
Birch. & Scots Pine.
Smooth Snake, Slow Worm, Common & Sand Lizards.
INSECTS :- Large Red
/ Common Blue & Green Lestes Damselflies, Common &
Black Sympetrum /
Peacock / Small Tortoiseshell / Brimstone & Meadow
Brown Butterflies. Bog Bush Cricket / Heath Grass Hopper /
Kestrel/Wren/Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer/Sand
Farming In Verwood.
Farming and Forestry.
Sand and Gravel Pits.
Cattle and arable FARMING are predominant in the
area together with some sheep farming. The FORESTRY
COMMISSION has worked RINGWOOD forest since 1919. with
mostly CONIFEROUS TREES. The felled trees are used for
fences, posts, and chipboard.
SAND AND GRAVEL are dug, leaving dangerous water
RANGERS cull hares, rabbits and roe deer as they
eat parts of the trees. Fallow deer are rare and sand
lizards, smooth snakes, newts, frogs, toads and badgers are
protected. Trees are never cut near BADGER SETS. Fawns
should never be moved, as their mother often leaves them for
a few hours to look for food. Badly wounded animals are
killed by the ranger.
Part of the land is on 999 year lease from LORD
NORMANTON and CRANBORNE ESTATES and the rest is owned by the
Lifestyle in Verwood.
Leisure Centre & Memorial Hall,
Hair and Beauty Care.
There is an OFF LICENCE, 1 LICENCED RESTAURANT and
3 PUBLIC HOUSES.
There are 4 SOCIAL CLUBS, 1 of which is at the
LEISURE CENTRE, where activities for all ages are
2 menís and 3 ladies HAIRDRESSERS are in
existence, with a BEAUTY PARLOUR attached to 1.
The MEMORIAL HALL stands in the RECREATION GROUND.