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An abandoned Purbeck stone quarry right on the edge of the cliffs with amazing views of the Purbeck coastline along with interesting flora and fauna..


A remote and somewhat wild place in central Dorset with an impressive butterfly species list.


An interesting area of mixed woodland with a stream and remnants of mineral extraction ponds.


A smallish area of heath on the western edge of Verwood covered mainly in gorse and silver birch.


Well known for bluebells but well worth a visit later in the year to see butterflies and woodland flowers.


An area to the north of Poole of predominantly dry heath but with an excellent dragonfly pond


Stunning scenery, fascinating geology, and superb (but challenging in places) walking and the rare Lulworth skipper


A stunning national nature reserve on the Purbeck coast south of Swanage.


A small reserve and one where the most interesting parts are really inaccessible to the visitor as it is mainly reed marsh and wet woodland


An impressive iron age hill fort with good chalk grassland flora on the earth walls.



A remnant of ancient woodland in the village of Bovington.


A delightful riverside walk looked after by the local community


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

An area of outstanding botanical interest in west Dorset.

Ebblake Bog

A rare example of true valley myre habitat although largely inaccessible due to the wet conditions