A charming pocket of old orchard - sit a while in the dappled shade of an apple tree and watch the insects buzz by.
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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.
It’s amazing how much wildlife can be supported by one small hay-meadow site, as the reserve at our DWT Headquarters at Brooklands Farm proves.
Species-rich meadows at the heart of Verwood in the east of the county.
A traditional hay meadow with an abundance of wildflower species.
A rare chance to see stunning displays of chalk downland flowers and butterflies with stunning views over the Blackmore Vale.
A reserve with a mix of different habitats, attracting a wide variety insects and birds
A chalk grassland on a steep north facing slope
A peaceful woodland site once used as a place for reflection by monks from the Hillfield Friary
Two attractive areas of ancient woodland, including a small flower-rich meadow at Adam's Green
Ancient and regenerating woodland over former clay mining, dating back to Roman times