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The Nature Reserves and Wildlife Hot-spots of Dorset


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An alphebetical index to the 300 sites featured on the Nature of Dorset:

  • Discover the character of each site through reviews and photographs
  • See what species occur at each site with the species lists and gallery
  • Get directions to enable you to find the site you wish to visit


A map showing the location of c300 wildlife sites in Dorset:

  • Find sites near to where you live or are staying in Dorset
  • Plan you day out if you intend to visit more than one site in a day
  • Click any pin to see the site name and to access the full site detail


Looking for a particular place in Dorset to see wildlife? Try the "Where is ..." function:

  • A comprehensive list of where the best places are to see the nature of Dorset
  • Includes places to go that are not neceesarily designated nature reserves
  • Includes sites not listed in the main Nature of Dorset reserves guide 


Dorset is a wonderfully diverse county and there are a substantial number of nature reserves here designated from National Nature Reserves down to Local Nature Reserves. These are obviously prime targets for nature enthusiasts to visit but there are a good number of other non-protected sites good for nature watching; 'hot-spots' if you like! My aim here is to try and help you choose the best places to go, to let you know what to expect when you get there and then how to find it. I hope you find it useful!