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Dorset Group 10 Oct 21: Chase Woods and Oxdrove

On a lovely autumnal morning 20 members assembled at the RSPB Car Park Garston Woods. A steady but gentle climb led through glorious woods to the Oxdrove with far reaching views in both directions. A slight diversion led to the Wer Mere, ancient dew pond, of unknown date but earlier than 1280 when it marked the boundary of Cranborne Chase.

On the way the group managed to extracate a  young deer from a barbed wire fence with patience and secateurs. It was severly hurt and very distressed but hopefully will survive.

The route down from the Oxdrove was a gentle incline through wonderful ancient woodland of the Rushmore Estate and Garston RSPB Reserve to the car park.

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