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  • Upton Heath

    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Upton Heath Nature Reserve
    Highlights Reptiles and amphibians
    • Limited parking on site
    • Manned visitor centre
    • Toilets on site
    • Information display
    • Defined paths
    • Guided walks and events
    OS Map Reference SY989951
    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° 44' 48.8652" N, 2° 0' 40.806" W
    Roadside parking 50° 45' 19.7856" N, 2° 0' 58.6512" W
    Car park and visitor centre 50° 44' 50.9172" N, 2° 1' 56.5068" W

    From the A35 about three miles west of Poole town take the Blandford Road (the A359). Then take the turning on the right into a lane leading to Beacon Hill and along there you will come to the Urban Heathland Centre run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

    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
    Bog and Myre If you stray from the main paths it can be very wet

    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!

    Rough Ground Some of the paths here can be difficult walking

    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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