Ancient hazel and ash coppice which is carpeted in bluebells in the Spring
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Visiting Nature Reserves
Our nature reserves are still open for you to enjoy. When visiting, please be considerate of others by following Government Guidance and practice social distancing at all times to keep everyone safe. You can plan your visit using the nature reserve finder below.
A hidden gem in west Dorset. This is home to some of Dorset's best loved species including dormice, otters and woodpeckers.
Brownsea Island is an internationally important nature reserve featuring rare wildlife, including red squirrels and wading birds. Located at the heart of Poole Harbour, it is managed by Dorset…
An area of reed fen, wet woodland and oak copse within the flood plain of the River Frome.
An internationally important area of dry & wet lowland heathland & woodland
Ancient and regenerating woodland over former clay mining, dating back to Roman times
A haven of peaceful green meadows, hedgerows and woodland, this reserve offers a chance to experience some fabulous wildlife right in the middle of town.
A hidden, steep sided valley bounded by river and hedgerow.
Internationally important area of Poole Harbour managed in partnership with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation; part of The Great Heath Living Landscape.
This little visited area offers a retreat for otters