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