Corfe Barrows Nature Park
Corfe Barrows Nature Park is a large area managed for the benefit of wildlife and people. It is a partnership of landowners who have come together to create a special place for local communities and visitors to explore and enjoy the local countryside, its history and its wonderful wildlife. Formed by nature and man living in harmony for thousands of years the park is home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country and its Bronze Age barrows bear witness to its long association with people.
The Nature Park includes areas of woodland, heathland, meadows and pastures, connected by footpaths and guided trails. These varied sites are owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT), Erica Trust, Borough of Poole, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Christchurch and East Dorset Councils.
The sites available to public access include Ashington Meadow and Cutting, Barrow Hill (a DWT Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) opening in 2017), Cogdean Elms, Corfe Hills Middle and South, Corfe Hills West, Happy Bottom (a DWT Nature Reserve) and Rushcombe Bottom.
The park covers an area around Corfe Mullen and Broadstone and is most easily accessed on foot and by bike. Please see maps and links below for individual sites.
These are directions to parking pull ins along Merley Park Road.
From Wimborne from the A31 turn south onto Wimborne Road, heading towards Corfe Mullen. Take the fourth turning on the left into Higher Merley Lane.
From Poole follow A350 and A349 to Merley Park Road in Oakley, turn left on to Merley Park Road.
The nearest bus stop to Merley Park Road is Bus No 4 Poole - Wimborne stopping opposite to De Montford Road, and No 4 The Quarter Jack Surgery Wimborne - Poole stopping at Merley Gardens. Further bus information can be found at more bus.
The nearest Train Station is at Poole which is a short walk from Poole Bus Station. Further train information can be found at south west trains
Access and safety
Corfe Barrows Nature Park is for you and for wildlife. You can explore this open access land as long as protected wildlife is not disturbed or harmed. Please cycle or horse ride only where allowed on the permitted routes and public bridleways to avoid harming wildlife and damaging the ground. Fire destroys heathland areas and its wildlife and can be dangerous for people and property so please avoid dropping cigarettes or matches and don't ever start a fire, bonfire or barbeque on the heath. Please consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors. Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available.
Species and habitats
Wet and dry grassland, mature hedges, wet woodland and heathland.
Ragged robin, knapweed, ox-eye daisy, bird's foot trefoil, great spotted woodpecker, buzzard, roe deer and bats in the grassland and woodland areas. Stonechat, Dartford warblers, nightjars,sand lizard and a range of heathers in heathland areas.
More information on the sites that make up Corfe Barrows Nature Park
Other Great Heath sites
Nature Park map
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