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Local Authorities

Dorset County and the districts of East, West, North and Purbeck all manage reserves. So to Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch boroughs.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is the primary conservation organisation and manages over 40 reserves across the county. 


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has four reserves in Dorset.

National Trust

The National Trust looks after large areas of the coastline as well as some of our heath.

Natural England

Natural England manages our various national nature reserve of which Dorset is well blessed.

Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission manages a lot of land in Dorset, primarily in the Purbeck area.

Conservation Organisations

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and Woodland Trust all have reserves in Dorset

Open Access

Some land is privately managed but there is access via public footpath or it has been designated as open access.

Restricted Access

Some sites are restricted access and entry is by permission of the owner or by payment of an entry fee.

Other Bodies

Other bodies manage some sites, English Heritage or the Ministry of defence for example.

Management Unknown

There are some sites that I just do not know who manages but access is allowed anyway.