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Wareham Common is the flood plain of the River Piddle which floods readily every winter creating a rich fertile environment for plants.


A relatively small area of Wareham Forest with some interesting spieces including a couple of uncommon flowers. 


A popular circular path for walkers (mostly with dogs) in Wareham Forest; busy at all times of the year, especially at weekends


The information for this site was contributed by the late, and greatly missed, JOHN WRIGHT as part of the SANDFORD HERITAGE PROJECT year of nature recording.


A circular walk around an extensive area of wet heath and bog in Wareham Forest


Primarily Forestry Commission plantation but with various habitats including a large reed bed at the southern end of Decoy Heath. 


The site of an iron age settlement offering views across Wareham Forest and surrounded by various other habitat types


A walk around the Saxon walls of Wareham visiting the small nature reserve known as Priory Meadow


A pleasant walk across short turf grassland bordering the water meadows to the south of the River Piddle 


A large shingle beach to one side with reed bed and damp pasture behind


A coastal walk to the White Nothe promontory and beyond for flowers and butterflies.



A delightful wooded valley to the west of Swanage


A large area of mainly wet heathland and bog


A long time abandoned stone quarry offering excellent views of the Purbeck coast and some interesting wildlife


A unique habitat on the North Dorset ridge offering exceptional views as far as the distant coast of Wales


A fairly small area of dry heath offering a glimpse of how much of the surrounding area looked before it was subject to gravel extraction!


Wyke Down is a remnant of chalk grassland and Ackling Dyke is the Roman Road from Badbury Rings to Old Sarum.


A generally wet heath and boggy area with a higher ridge through the centre.



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
Warmwell Heath

The most westerly reach of the Dorset Heath near Crosswways

West Milton Nature Reserve

A new Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve near Bridport

Whetly Meadows

Flower-rich meadows but with noo public access but a lovely stretch of disused railway that is worth a visit on its own!

White Horse Hill

Chalk downland overlooking Weymouth Bay

White Sheet Plantation

Forestry Commision plantation near Verwood

Wootton Fitzpaine

Unimproved meadows just west of the village of Wootton Fitzpaine.