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A delightful heathland area with other habitat types to add variety. 


A pleasant riverside walk along the banks of the River Stour (no dogs!)


A walk across National Trust land which passes through four very different habitats; heath, woodland, damp meadow and arable field.


An area of heathland, until recently conifer plantation, where the National Trust are now engaged in habitat restoration.


An area of true heathland bog made accessible by good quality board walks


A significant area of heathland of varying types with some high dry, sandy areas and low boggy areas which have interesting pools. 


A mixture of south facing escarpment which descends to wet woodland, fen and marshy grassland. 


An exquisite Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve set on the chalk downs of north east Dorset.


Wonderful views of the dramatic Purbeck Coast, lots of natural interest and lots of steps; two hundred down and 200 up if you decide to take a round trip!


An extensive area of saltmarsh and reed bed between the mouths of the River Stour and River Avon.


An interesting combination of high ground that is predominantly sandy and lower ground that is water logged and boggy. 


A national nature reserve covering a large area south-east of Wareham and is adjacent to Hartland Moor which makes for a large expanse of precious Dorset heath. 


A pleasant walk between abandoned and overgrown gravel pits on one side and a golf cpourse on the other.



A very popular area for walking the Dorset coast up to the impressive Golden Cap.


A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve high on the Purbeck Ridge with superb views, chalk grassland and lovely wooded escarpment


Although close to Blandford town centre a lovely spot along the River Stour 


A riverside walk along the Stour in the northen suburbs of Bournemouth


A long sandy beach, extensive sand dunes, dry heath, damp woodland and large inland lake; what more do you want? 


A walk from Sturminster Mill along the river Stour northwards past Sturminster Newton


A small area of wet meadow covered in flowers in mid summer.


The highest point of the Purbeck cliffs; wonderful views but the 'head' itself is disappointing being just the corner of some improved grazing pasture!


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
Springdale Road and Upton Viewpoint

A small heathland area alongside Upton Heath reserve in Poole

St Catherines Hill Local Nature Reserve

An imp[ortant area of heathland that also gives the best views in the Christchurcn area

Steamer Point Local Nature Reserve

A lovely cliff top walk between Christchuch and Highcliffe

Sutton Meadows

Damp meadows with a stunning array of wildflowers west of Verwood.