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A fragment of the heath and shoreline that once dominanted the area but with a large lake left from gravel extraction.


An enormous iron age fort; the ground has been pretty much undisturbed for centuries and as a result has all sorts of interesting flowers and associated insects.


An extensive area of wet heathland in the heart of Purbeck with some very interesting species


A fairly large pond set in the industrial and residential areas of Poole.


An attractive area of chalk escarpment with many flowers and insects in mid-summer


A small area of broadleaf woodland coppice with flowers and insects to entertain the visitor!


A high prominantry that encloses Christchurch harbour; wonderful views and excellent wildlife.


Mixed woodland and heath with a diverse array of flowers and insects.


A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve consisting of two attractive small areas of woodland each side of a road.


Once gravel pits, now a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve and a top site for reptiles, insects and flowers.


A lovely area of grassland, scrub and woodland offering fine views as well.


An ancient iron hill fort well worth a visit in spring, summer or autumn.


This is a national nature reserve for good reason! A wonderful chalk escarpment near Maiden Newton.


An important part of Poole Harbour and, in winter, supports large populations of wintering wildlfowl and waders. 


Limited acces to the banks of the River Frome but a pleasant walk on a warm summers evening. 


The largest remaining area of prime lowland Dorset heath with a diverse array of habitat.  

NOTE: Do not confuse this with Holton Heath National Nature Reserve - a totally different place. 

A pleasant mixed woodland of broadleaf trees with some conifer plantation.



This is the site of a now abandoned munitions factory and is contaminated land with no public access.

Note: Please do not confuse this with Holt Heath which is a totally different place.

A site of special scientific interest with a diversity of habitat in pleasant surroundings  

 Access is restricted to Friends of Holton Lee only.

A delightful walk in mixed woodland with lovely views between the trees. 


Renowned for the display of bluebells and spring flowers.


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
Handcocks Bottom

A mixture of woodland and grassland habitats north of Blandford.

Hatchards Copse

A small area of woodland to the west of West Moors popular with local dog walkers.

Haydon and Askerswell Downs

Downland grass habitats at the very western end of the chalk range just east of Bridport.

Haymoor Bottom

A small area of heath and amenity land within the Canford Heath area of Poole.

Higher Houghton

Three wooded vallies running through chalk downland west of Blandford.

Hogchester Farm Nature Reserve

A remnant of an ancient dairy farm


Horton Common

Once farmed heathland north of Three Legged Cross.