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A large area of interesting dry and wet heathland within the borough boundaries of Poole.


 


My 'home patch' which is circular walk to Trigon Estate from Carey, near Wareham


 

 


A remnant of chalk grassland on ancient earthworks providing an almost overwhelming display of flowers and butterflies.


 


A disused quarry and an iron age hill fort - two for the price of one!


 

 


Some lovely views through interesting farmland lead to the eventual prize, the magnificent Purbeck coast line. Worth the effort in my opinion!


 

 


A walk that takes you very close to the River Frome, one of the Dorset chalk streams rich in wildlife; a delightful stroll in summer


 

 


A small secluded rocky beach on the sheltered eastern side of Portland and a nearby cliff ledge


 


A pleasant and interesting woodland currently mainly mixed plantation but the conifers are being removed which will enhance the area greatly


 

 


A small pond and associated streams originally used hundreds of years ago for breeding fish.


 


An iron age hill fort now an area of flower of rich grassland and woodland slopes.


 

 


An excellent example of acidic soil habitat with both dry and wet heath including an extensive areas of bog containing many interesting plants and insects. 


 


A diverse selection of separate and varied habitats brought together under one banner.


 

 


An extensive area of undisturbed grassland south of Corfe Castle with an outstanding display of flowers.


 


Undisturbed chalk grassland and adjacent river with a wide array of flowers and grasses


 


A remnant of what was once a series of fields that ran along a river valley to the west of Corfe Mullen


 


A corner of Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve; heathland managed for reptiles. There is also a large pond, the remains of clay extraction.


 

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
Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve

Good views and good wildlife in Shaftesbury

Chantry Fields

A small piece of riverside habitat in Gillingham

Chedington Woods

A signiificant area of woodland on the Dorset/Somerset border

Chewton Bunny

A wooded river valley from Highcliffe down to the sea shore

Churchmoor Copse

A small woodland area on the edge of Wimborne.

Cogdean Elms Local Nature Reserves

A small acid grassland meadow to the north of Poole.

Court Farm

Unimproved challk grassland in the lovely Syd valley

Cranborne Common

The most northerly of Dorset's once extensive area of heath.

Crookhill Brickpits Local Nature Reserve

Unfortunately restricted access via the local council for safety reasons but a super little site, especially for newts.