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.
FROM 1 MARCH to 31 JULY DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT ON SHORT LEADS ON THIS OPEN ACCESS LAND TO PROTECT GROUND NESTING BIRDS.
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.