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An interesting walk across heathland that has been subject to mineral extraction and then descends to woodland with a splendid display of flowers in spring


A superb Dorset Wildlife Trust woodland reserve in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck.


A national marine nature reserve but I restrict my activities to the dry land and the species to be found on the nearby cliffs.


A disused stone quarry providing a dramatic landscape, wonderful views and abundant nature interest.


A wonderful nature reserve where you can experience the Dorset countryside as it was before intensive agriculture changed the landscape.


A spring visit to see the ramsons is recommended!


A walk to the wonderful Purbeck coast-line with the option of turning back or a steep descent and returning by a different route.


The extensive grounds around this National Trust property are a good site for woodland nature.

 [Check the website for opening times and expect to pay for entry unless you are a National Trust member]

An urban nature reserve with an impressive species list providing a very pleasant walk for the nature lover.


A delightful garden where the emphasis is now on allowing nature to thrive but in a formalised environment


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
Ibberton Hill Nature Reserve

Chalk grassland with wonderful views across Blacknore Vale towards Somerset.

Iford Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A newly created nature reserve near the mouth of the river Stour between Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Jellyfields Local Nature Reserve

A wet woodland with safety boardwalk near Bridport.