Nature Reserves & Centres
Our nature reserves provide havens for wildlife and places where you can experience Dorset's wonderful natural world. Except for Brownsea Island, our nature reserves are open throughout the year and are free of charge.
Click on the links below to find out more...
> You can also walk the Ant Hill Trail in west Dorset
Nature Reserves & Visitor Centres A-Z
Travelling to our reserves
Wherever possible, please travel using public transport, bicycle or car share.
SatNav user? Point of Interest (POI) files available
If you would like to download the POI files for most of the UK Wildlife Trust nature reserves, click here
Why have nature reserves?
- Many of Dorset's wild places have been lost or damaged due to human activity.
- Without protection the remaining wildlife havens may also be lost forever, so one of Dorset Wildlife Trust's most important roles is to manage nature reserves for the good of wildlife.
- These sites also serve as habitat strongholds from which wildlife can spread if the surrounding land becomes favourably managed.