Urban Wildlife Centre
The Urban Wildlife Centre is a focus for DWT's work in the urban area and a centre for walks, talks and volunteering.
The Centre provides a base for the DWT Urban and East team including The Great Heath staff, Urban Wildlife Volunteers, Great Heath Volunteers and Urban Weekenders. The centre is shared with the Urban Heaths Partnership. It is located on the edge of Upton Heath.
From the direction of Wimborne take the B3078, Wimborne Road and Wareham Rd to Beacon Hill Lane. Turn left onto Beacon Hill Lane.
From the Poole direction head north-west on New Orchard towards St Aubyns Court. Continue on the A350. Take the Blandford Road North to Old Wareham Road. Continue on Old Wareham Road Turn right onto Beacon Hill Lane.
If travelling by bus from Poole take the number 10 bus (Lytchett Matravers) to the Limberlost Bus Stop (NW bound). Then walk for 15 minutes 0.8 mile along Old Wareham Road and turn right up Beacon Hill Lane.
From Wimborne catch the No 3 bus from the Quarter Jack Surgery to the Hill View Post Office stop. It is then a 19 minute walk from there along Old Wareham Road and then left up Beacon Hill Lane. More information can be found on the More Bus website.
Access and safety
Please check the Heathland Code if visiting the Upton Heath reserve. A number of paths criss-cross the site with four recommended circular routes across the heath; three longer nature trails and a short easy access route. Away from the paths the ground may be very wet, boggy and uneven with unseen hazards beneath the vegetation - please stick to the paths for your own safety and to help protect this special habitat. Some of the paths may also be wet in winter.
The site is important for the rare and declining adder, although you'd be lucky to see one, do keep an eye out at the edges of paths and check before sitting down, and don't allow dogs to run off through the open heath to prevent them disturbing one. Ticks may be present on the heathland, particularly in any bracken or long grassy areas. Several of the larger ponds in the woodland in the centre of the site contain deep water. Some illegal off-road motorbiking does occur - please report sightings to the office. For more on ticks, dogs and grazing animals please see the Visitor Information page.
For all the events in our area, many of which are educational as well as fun, whether for adults or children please see the Great Heath events page.
The Urban Heaths Partnership, one of DWT's partners in The Great Heath project, run education programmes from the Urban Wildlife Centre. In addition DWT run educational programmes on Brownsea Island. For more information please click here.
Help make a difference to your local wildlife by volunteering. Weekly practical work parties are run from the centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays and once a month on Sundays. There are also other volunteering options such as administration, surveying, talks etc. Please contact 01202 692033 if you are interested or see the Great Heath events page.
Other Great Heath sites
Urban Wildlife Centre and Upton Heath Nature Reserve map
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