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An iron age hill fort with splendid views and a rich acid grassland flora



An area of wild chalk grassland and scrub managed by the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation for its significant colonies of butterflies


One of two RSPB reserves in Weymouth renowned for its wintering birds but an ideal place to visit all year round.


Two recently constructed reservoirs that attract large numbers of wildfowl in winter but also have lots of flowers and insects in summer.


Not just a nature reserve, it is the home of the Dorset Wildlife Trust Conservation Centre, with several damp grassy meadows with an abundance of flora and fauna.


A small nature reserve but is a picture in spring with a carpet of wild flowers to see in a beautiful setting.


A narrow, wooded valley running from Branksome down to Poole Harbour.


An interesting mix of damp pasture, scrub and woodland renowned for its butterfly species.


A newly acquired DWT reserve at the top end of Poole Harbour. The tide was in the day I went which cut down my species list no end! 


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
Langdon Hill

Fron Langdon Hill to Golden Cap and back!

Leigh Common Local Nature Reserve

An area of primarily recreational ground with some natural interest located just east of Wimborne. 

Lions Hill

A remant of the once extensive Dorset heath near the county border with Hampshire.

Little Giant Wood Local Nature Reserve

A new woodland in west Dorset planted to celebrate the millennium.

Lyscombe and Highdon

Chalk downlands and woodlands in the centre of Dorset.