Melbury Park IPA

Location: About a mile north of Evershot in Dorset, west of the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester.

Grid Reference: ST 572 058

Melbury Park IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of lichens in Broadleaved deciduous woodland: lowland deciduous woodland
  • The park has many exotic and ornamental trees but large areas have open semi-natural woodland.

    Many of the trees are very large and some are extremely old.

    Melbury Park is an important habitat for lichen communities. Most are associated with acid bark, typical of oak.