Dunyeats Heath, Arrowsmith Coppice and Delph Woods
Dunyeats Heath Nature Reserve, Arrowsmith Coppice and Delph Woods form a magnificent wild landscape and a wildlife corridor with Canford Heath. Dunyeats Heath is an internationally important example of European Lowland Heath. It is also a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area for birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Formed by nature and man living in harmony for thousands of years, Dunyeats Heath is home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country and its Bronze age barrows, quarrying and field boundary bears witness to its long association with people.
(Please note that this webpage information and general information is currently in development).
Dunyeats Heath can be accessed via the A349 Gravel Hill main road from Wimborne to Poole.
There is also an alternative entrance marked 'FP No 97', 2nd turning in Merriefield Ave, off Upper Golf Links Road, Broadstone. Please do not block residents' access.at Merriefield Avenue.
If travelling from Wimborne to Gravel Hill by bus the no 445 bus service runs from the Quarter Jack Surgery bustop in Wimborne to the Rempstone Road bus stop. Gravel Hill is then a four minute walk from the bus stop.
From Poole the No 3,4 and 32 bus routes go via Gravel Hill. Further information can be found on the More Bus website.
Access and safety
The Dunyeats Heath complex of sites is for you and for wildlife. You can explore open access land as long as protected wildlife is not disturbed or harmed. Access is by foot only. The nearest bridleways are at Delph Woods, Canford Heath and off Higher Merley Lane. Fire destroys heathland and its 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. Please observe the heathland code.
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, common toad, Dartford warbler, stonechat, nightjar, raft spider, silver-studded blue butterflies, sundews and heathers.
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.
Nearby Great Heath Sites
Nature Reserve map
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