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One of England's finest earthworks where the land has been undisturbed for centuries and is a good site for orchids


 


Visited by many for the walk to Old Harry Rocks but the south facing escarpment slope provides an abundance of flowers and is a prime site for butterflies. 


 


Once clay pits for the local brick works now beautifully transformed into a water garden which is home to the national water lily collection


 


Wonderful at bluebell time but a lovely woodland at any time.


 


Saline water meadow, saltmarsh, extensive reed-bed, tidal river, large lake resulting from long finished gravel extraction and more! 


 


Beautiful views with beautiful flowers and beautiful butterflies but is best visited on beautiful days!


 


A high ridge west of Bere Regis with a fairly steep climb to get to the top. Predominantly gorse and heather sandwiched between agricultural land


 


The area around the Hardy Monument above Portesham with nice walks and some of the best coastal views in the county


 


An abandoned ball clay pit which produces the lovely blue colouring of the water that makes this place famous


 


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.


 


Wild ground along the top of the cliffs from Boscombe to Southborne with lots of grasses and flowers although some of the more unusal species are garden escapes.


 


Varied, interesting habitat along the course of the Bourne river as it runs though Wallisdown and Branksome towards the sea.


 


An excellent Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve with a diverse array of habitat and wide range of floral species.


 


The area just inside Poole harbour entrance, to the south, known for wildfowl and wader watching in winter


 


 A disused quarry now a superb wildlife site managed by Butterfly Conservation Dorset.


 


A delighful small community orchard with very old apple trees and lots of wild flowers.


 


In the grounds of the Dorset Wildlife Trust headquarters at Brooklands Farm devloped as a conservation area


 


An island in Poole Harbour cut off from 'civilisation' and is a delight to visit with its speciality, the red squirrel, one of the highlights.


 


A remnant of ancient woodland in the middle of Verwood with good access for wheelchair uses.


 

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
Batcombe Down

A good site for orchids including two rare Dorset species, fly orchid and musk orchid

Bere Heath

Heathland just south of Bere Regis

Bincombe Down

Chalk downland to the north of Weymouth


 

Black Hill Down

A chalk ridge running south from Cerne Abbas with lots of flowers and butterfles.

Bothenhampton Local Nature Reserve

A disused quarry and a hillside walk near Bridport

Branksome Dene Chine Local Nature Reserve

The largest part of the Poole Bay Cliffs SSSI. Much of the invasive species have now been removed and the site is recovering.

Breach Fields

Unimproved grassland just west of Shaftesbury

Brenscombe Heath

A remnant of heathland just east of Corfe Castle.

Broadstone Heath Local Nature Reserve

Remnant heathland, both wet and dry with woodland as well.

Butts Ponds Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A small reserve noted for the presence of all three species of British newts.