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. You can plan your visit using the nature reserve finder below.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust manages 100 hectares of land on the northern side of Brownsea Island - it is an internationally important nature reserve featuring rare wildlife including red squirrels and…
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.
An interactive marine centre situated on a beautiful stretch of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, with splendid views from grassy cliff tops and an underwater nature trail for snorkelers. The Wild…
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