Rare limestone grassland on the site of an old quarry
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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.
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…
Ancient and regenerating woodland over former clay mining, dating back to Roman times
High on the chalk ridge in the Isle of Purbeck, this downland reserve has far-reaching views across to Poole Harbour.
Internationally important area of Poole Harbour managed in partnership with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation; part of The Great Heath Living Landscape.
A surviving area of Dorset heathland with views across Poole Harbour, Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck. A beautiful nature reserve to visit at any time of the year.
The Wild Seas Centre is open 11am-4pm at weekends during November. It will be closed during December and January. Please be aware that masks need to be worn inside the centre and measures are in…
A traditional hay meadow with an abundance of wildflower species.
Happy Bottom Nature Reserve is a safe environment where wildlife can thrive, with a rich and varied history, spanning Roman roads, nearby ancient barrows, Victorian railways and 20th century…
Dry and wet heath, bordered by woodland