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A Forestry Commision woodland which has much in common with its neighbouring woodlands in Puddletown Forest and Moreton Forest


Noted for its bluebells but part of the common is a working coppice and beech and conifer plantation. Well worth a visit in spring for woodland flowers and singing birds.


Mixed woodland and heath with a diverse array of flowers and insects.


A pleasant mixed woodland of broadleaf trees with some conifer plantation.



Renowned for the display of bluebells and spring flowers.


Primarily a conifer and beech plantation but offering a display of wildlflowers and various insects. 


Once Forestry Commission plantation this area is now being restored to Dorset heathland and is already showing positive signs of recovery.


Oakers Wood is a lovely peice of woodland and the neighbouring bog is a large area of wet heathland which the footpaths skirts around.


An extensive conifer plantation but with some remnants of heathland and broad leaf woodland evident. Easy walking.


A relatively small area of Wareham Forest with some interesting spieces including a couple of uncommon flowers. 


A popular circular path for walkers (mostly with dogs) in Wareham Forest; busy at all times of the year, especially at weekends


The information for this site was contributed by the late, and greatly missed, JOHN WRIGHT as part of the SANDFORD HERITAGE PROJECT year of nature recording.


A circular walk around an extensive area of wet heath and bog in Wareham Forest


Primarily Forestry Commission plantation but with various habitats including a large reed bed at the southern end of Decoy Heath. 


The site of an iron age settlement offering views across Wareham Forest and surrounded by various other habitat types


A generally wet heath and boggy area with a higher ridge through the centre.



Unvisited Sites: 

Here are some other sites of natural interest in the county that, as yet, I have been unable to visit but hope to at some point soon.

Site Name (click to view) Notes
White Sheet Plantation

Forestry Commision plantation near Verwood