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  • Tadnoll

    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Tadnoll Nature Reserve
    Highlights Orchids, Dragonflies and damselflies
    Facilities
    • Limited parking on site
    • No visitor facilities
    • Information display
    • Defined paths
    OS Map Reference SY791875
    Top Species
    Access Points: 

    WARNING: I have not been able to test all of these co-ordinates, they are based on where I placed the markers so use with care!

    Name SatNav Coordinates
    Roadside parking 50° 41' 10.4316" N, 2° 17' 47.1948" W
    Directions: 

    The village of Tadnoll is signposted from the A351 Wareham to Dorchester Road. It is a turning north roughly half way between the Red Lion at Winfrith and the Wyevale Garden Centre at Owermoigne. Follow the road to the 'village', it is actually just a couple of houses, then bear slightly left at the junction and cross the bridge over the stream. The reserve entrance is then less than half a mile on your right

    Location Map: 

    The blue pin mark the approximate centre of the reserve, the yellow pin(s) mark the approximate locations of parking places that enable you to access the reserve.

    Potential Hazards: 

    Any walk in the countryside is going to have its potential hazards but the primary aim of this function is to forewarn less able people of difficulties they may face although some may apply to other people as well.

    Hazard Commentsort descending Description
    Rough Ground Away from the main paths the walking is difficult in places

    Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

    Bog and Myre Extensive area of wet heath and bog

    Bog and myre on heaths can be lethal if you get stuck in them and often there is no help for miles around. On heathland it pays to keep to well made pathways and not to stray off into boggy areas. Never do this alone and always one person stay on firm ground. Helicopter rescues from such situations are not uncommon!

    Bog and Myre Extensive area of wet heath, bog and meadows

    Bog and myre on heaths can be lethal if you get stuck in them and often there is no help for miles around. On heathland it pays to keep to well made pathways and not to stray off into boggy areas. Never do this alone and always one person stay on firm ground. Helicopter rescues from such situations are not uncommon!

    Livestock Ponies are occasionally used to graze the site

    Grazing by cows, sheep or horses is an essential part of the management plan on many reserves. The livestock themselves are not a hazard but their dung can be unpleasant and very slippery if you are unfortunate enough to step in it! Soft ground on reserves where cows are grazed can become very pitted, uneven and muddy. Some people, of course, are very nervous about being close to livestock. It is essential that dogs are kept on leads near livestock (but then should always be on leads on nature reserves) and it is also essential that gates are closed after you.

    Ditches and Streams The Tadnoll brook runs through the reserve

    Often ditches and streams on nature reserves will have bridges to help you cross at appropriate points but on some smaller reserves this may not always be the case. Beware muddy banks, never jump across only step, and make sure you have adequate footwear before wading or paddling! 

    Rough Ground Tracks can be hard going away from the main paths

    Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

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