Ferndown Common Nature Reserve is a magnificent wild space and an internationally important example of European Lowland Heath.
Most of its 76 hectare extent is a special area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area for birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Town Green. Formed by nature and man living in harmony for thousands of years, it is home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country and its Bronze Age barrows bear witness to its long association with people.
Ferndown Common is situated in between Wimborne Road (northern entrance) and Ringwood Road (southern entrance). There are bus stops on Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road.The no 13 service runs from Bournemouth square past the northern entrance of the common and the X6 service runs from Poole Bus station and Ringwood past the southern entrance of the common. The 4c service runs from Bournemouth square past the southern entrance of the common. Further bus information can be found at more bus.
Access and safety
Ferndown Common 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. Please also note there is a horse stile and kissing gate at the Wimborne Road Entrance. A new circular cycling and riding route wil be marked out in 2016. Fire destroys heathland, it's 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.
Species and habitats
Dry heathland, woodland areas and ponds.
All six British reptile species (smooth snake, sand lizard, common lizard, adder, grass snake, slow worm) are found on the dry heath. Also present are dragonflies, damselflies, newts, Dartford warbler, stonechat, nightjar, raft spider, silver-studded blue butterflies, sundews and purple heathers.
More about Ferndown Common and the wider area.
Ferndown Common interpretation panel.
Enjoy the heath but please keep to the main path to avoid disturbing the many heathland birds, insects and reptiles that nest on the ground and can be easily harmed.
Other Great Heath sites
Nature Reserve map
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