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This is just one of over 200 reserves and wildlife hot-spots featured on the Nature of Dorset. Find out where this site is, what it is like and what you can see there below.
The site of an iron age settlement offering views across Wareham Forest and surrounded by various other habitat types
|Name of Location||Wareham Forest (Woolsbarrow)|
|Diversity||High (150-200 species)|
|OS Map Reference||SY902928|
|No Significant Issues||If you keep the main forestry paths you should not encounter any hazards||
This reserve does not have any significant issues that I identified on my visit but conditions can always change so be prepared for all eventualities.
|Orientation||Many of the paths look the same so make sure you know where you are!||
How many times have I been asked "Do you know which way is back to the car park?" Some reserves, expecially in coniferous woodland can look the same wherever you are and instead of making a turn back the the starting point you can eaily end up getting further away from your intended destination. With GPS on phones these days alawys track you route. You should always take a phone with you anyway!
|Cyclists||Some of the paths here form the popular Wareham Forest Way so expect cyclists||
Some reserves have cycle paths across them and whilst most cyclist are responsible and will give you warning as they approach it is not always the case so try to be aware of the riusk at all times. Children on bikes can be a problem as I know to my cost.
This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions, sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.