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.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HIDE FOR ADJACENT WORKS TO POND: Please be aware that the hide will be closed for the week beginning 3rd November 2014 We are sorry for any inconvenience but hope you will return to enjoy the hide once the works are completed by the middle of November.


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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