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A pleasant walk through the Melbury Park estate on public footpaths


 

 


Wet woodland and myre set in a beautiful part of west Dorset.


 


Provides the best vantage point to overlook the upper reaches of Middlebere Lake where numerous waders, ducks and geese feed on the mud flats exposed at low tide


 


An excellent example of acid grassland, a unique habitat


 


A small, remote and difficult to access reserve on the edge of the river Stour.


 


A lovely area of chalk grassland and scrub within the boundaries if Blandford.


 


A wild area on the lower reaches of the River Stour with lots to interest the amateur naturalist.


 


Primarily a conifer and beech plantation but offering a display of wildlflowers and various insects. 


 


The footpaths around Minterne Magna give superb views of this really beautiful part of Dorset.


 

 


A large children's play ground but also an excellent nature trail through damp meadows and by streams.


 


An extensive area of wet bog in Wareham Forest surrounded by dry heath and woodland.


 


Once Forestry Commission plantation this area is now being restored to Dorset heathland and is already showing positive signs of recovery.


 


A long since used small chalk pit which nature has recolonised and is now home to lots of flowers and insects.


 


Grassland and scrub at the high end of Portland affording marvellous views of the Purbeck coast


 

 


A corner of a much wider area of national nature reserve known as Stoborough Heath and which includes the lovely Green Pool.


 


Damp meadows on the banks of the River Frome in beautiful west Dorset.


 


Oakers Wood is a lovely peice of woodland and the neighbouring bog is a large area of wet heathland which the footpaths skirts around.


 


A lovely, gentle stretch of the coastal path between Osmington Mills and Ringstead


 

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
Maiden Castle

I have lived in Dorset since 2006 and I can not believe I have not yet visited Maiden Castle, it is something I must do soon!

Melbury Down

A steep and impressive chalk downland escarpment.

Millfield Pond Local Nature Reserve

A small nature reserve and recreation area in the Creekmore district of Poole.

Mude Valley Local Nature Reserve

A woodland and riverside reserve near Christchurch.

Nea Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A small public amenity area in Highcliffe but with a diverse array of flowers.

Oakhills Coppice

An ancient coppiced woodland noted for its collection of rare lichens.