Higher Hyde Heath is one of the best places I know for reptiles, both snakes and lizards can be found there. It also features a large fresh water pond and a wet boggy lake which means its good for other wildlife too, especially insects. In spring and summer there are lots of damselflies and dragonflies around these two wet areas and neighbouring vegetation. Add to the animals and interesting flora list and you have one of the best nature reserves in Dorset.
Predominantly heathland habitat with acid woodland Higher Hyde is well worth visiting. The only downside is the noise from the nearby shooting club, the passing army tanks and personnel carriers from Bovington, the plane that tows gliders up in to the sky and the mineral extraction lorries! Despite that Higher Hyde is a wondeful place to spend a couple of hours mooching around.
There is a small car park but there are no other facilities but as you usually only see other wildlife enthusiasts that does not matter.