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Abbott Street Copse is a small piece of coppiced woodland near Pamphill renowned for its display of bluebells.


An extensive area of heathland on the edge of Bournemouth and of high ecological value


A fairly small reserve in a lovely setting in west Dorset. Rough and damp pasture with some woodland and a stream.


The smallest of Portland's redundant quarries now nature reserves but well worth a visit nonetheless.


A wonderful area of ancient oak woodland and hazel coppice, full of flowers and insects.


Amazing rugged beauty on a warm summers day and awesome in a gale - a must visit for everyone.


Varied habitat that creates a wonderful environment for flowers and insects in spring right through until late autumn.


An extensive conifer plantation but with some remnants of heathland and broad leaf woodland evident. Easy walking.


Wildlife on the slopes and wonderful views from the top.



An easily accessible part of the Purbeck Ridge with lots of flowers and insects to see in summer. 


The central section of the Purbeck Ridge from the Cocknowle gap in the east to Creech view point in the west


The Purbeck Ridge continues west from Corfe Castle as West Hill and then becomes Knowle Hill as you pass Church Knowle.


The Purbeck Ridge from Whiteways car park west to Flowerdown Iron Age Fort lies within the army ranges and therefore access is limited to when the range walks are open.


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
Pennington Copse Local Nature Reserve

Small woodland coppice and withy bed near West Moors.

Pentridge Down

A magnificent and varied chalk grassland site right on the Hampshire border.

Pine Clump Nature Reserve

An area of restored heathland adjacent to Upton Heath nature reserve.

Pine Springs Local Nature Reserve

A small area of heathland adjacent to Upto.n Heath nature reserve

Potterne Wood Local Nature Reserve

An area of mixed and damp woodland just south of Verwood.

Pucketts Wood Local Nature Reserve

A new woodland near Beaminster and owned by the Woodland Trust 

Purewell Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A collection of damp meadows representing an unusual and diminishing habitat type just outside Christchurch.