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Dry, humid and wet heath, bog, pools and the tadnoll stream make for a diversity of habitat in a lovely setting.


 


A remnant of ancient woodland and adjacent heathland near Thomas Hardy's cottage


 


Lots of flowers and insects, fantastic views, an insight into the history of Portland stone extraction and a look at some sculptures!


 


Once a quarry but now a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve on the southern hills overlooking Swanage Bay.


 


Track of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway now a long distance footpath and cycleway. This section runs from Fiddleford Mill to the outskirts of Shillingstone.


 


Track of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway now a long distance footpath and cycleway. This section runs from west of Shillingstone towards Stourpaine.


 


Track of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway now a long distance footpath and cycleway. This section runs from Stourpaine towards Shillingstone.


 


Track of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway now a long distance footpath and cycleway. This section runs from Sturminster Newton to Fiddleford Mill and back along the riverside.


 


A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve tucked away by Bournemouth International airport. Wet, rough pasture with masses of flowers and lots of damselflies and butterflies.


 


An interesting urban nature reserve that is surprisingly home to Dartford warbler amongst other things.


 


A small and forgotten part of the Dorset heath near the home of Lawrence of Arabia


 


A small, damp piece of woodland adjacent to DWT Lorton Meadows reserve


 

 


The village taken from its inhabitants during the war for training troops. Open at weekends and the start of wonderful walks on the Purbeck coast.


 


A popular spot to take the children or dog for a run but provides access to the saltmarsh, a place for wintering wildfowl and waders 


 


A large expanse of heathland, both wet and dry, on the western edge of Poole which is now part of the Great Heath project


 


I have only had a very quick visit to this site so can only say the views alone are worth a visit


 

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
Thrashers Heath

A small area of heathland and ponds near Corfe Castle.

Upton Wood

A small woodland area alongside Upton Country Park in Poole