Higher Hyde Heath Reserve


Size: 54ha.

An internationally important area of dry & wet lowland heathland & woodland.  A bird hide overlooks a pond.

Wildlife interest:

  • The heather, ling & gorse provide shelter for resident stonechats & Dartford warblers.
  • Emperor moths & silver-studded blue butterflies, as well as sand lizards & other reptiles.
  • In summer migrant nightjars are found on the heath, with hobbies feeding over the peaty pools on the various damsel & dragonflies.
  • Interesting plants include insectivorous sundews, pale butterwort & early marsh orchids.

Best time to visit:

  • All year round interest.
  • Late spring & summer for butterflies, dragonflies & migrant birds.
  • Colourful  in late summer when the heather flowers.


Several paths & a marked trail cross the heath.  Disabled access to the bird hide & viewing area.


Map ref. SY 854899.  Lies to the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham. Small car park just W. of the approach road to the golf club, tucked away behind a group of single-storey industrial buildings at Hanson Yard.


Higher Hyde Heath - TBates


Higher Hyde Heath reserve

Higher Hyde Heath map



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