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Arne RSPB Reserve
Arne RSPB Reserve
Arne is a vast expance of open lowland heath and oak woodland overlooking spectacular Poole Harbour. Managed by the RSPB......
Avon Heath Country Park
Avon Heath Country Park
The park is dominated by lowland and wet heath, acid grassland and heather, which is broken only by clumps of birch and pine.....
Brackett's Coppice
Brackett's Coppice
The woodland supports a diverse breeding bird community typical of western oak woods and includes lesser-spotted woodpecker, buzzard, wood warbler, nuthatch and both pied and spotted flycatcher....
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island
Large flocks of waders, particularly avocets, black-tailed godwits & visiting wildfowl over winter.In the summer breeding common and sandwich terns, gulls & little egrets........
Canford Heath
Canford Heath
Canford Heath is a suburb and area of heathland in Poole, Dorset, known for being the largest heathland in Dorset, and the largest lowland heath in the UK.It is home to many rare species.....
Stanpit Marsh and Nature Reserve
Stanpit Marsh and Nature Reserve
Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks ....
Coombe Heath
Coombe Heath
A substantial tract of heathland with bordering grasslands and woodland. Most of the heathland is damp or wet including some well developed bog systems. Hobby, Dartford warbler and nightjar....
Corfe Common
Corfe Common
Corfe Common is a large area of common land lying to the south and east of the village. Being common land it has been extensively grazed for countless years and the ground has never been ploughed.....
Cranborne Common
Cranborne Common
A complex of heathland and acidic grassland, this site comprises the most northerly heathland communities on the Tertiary deposits of Dorset.
Durlston Country Park
Durlston Country Park
260 acres of land ,and consisting of sea-cliffs,with breeding seabirds,Herring gull, Kittiwake and Guillemot with a small number of Razorbill. Coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland complete.....
Garston Wood
Garston Wood
As well as many different species of birds, Garston Wood has good populations of dormice, bats and badgers. In spring and summer, you will see magnificent displays of flowers....
Isle of Portland
Isle of Portland
The 'island' of Portland is a superb and exciting birding location and is one of the best known in Britain.It extends,at its southern-most end, seven miles into the English Channel.....
Lodmoor
Lodmoor
The large reedbed, open water, saltmarsh, wet grassland and bushes attract many different birds. Bearded tits and Cetti's warblers and many rarities.....
RSPB Lytchett Fields
RSPB Lytchett Fields
Newly created paths overlook this carefully managed area and the list of bird species is truly remarkable.....
Radipole Lake and Lodmoor
Radipole Lake and Lodmoor
Radipole lake was once the estuary of the River Wey, that ceased to exist when the westham bridge was built in the 1920's.......
Studland
Studland
The reserve includes 5 km of sandy beaches and has outstanding wildlife interest supporting a wide variety of habitats: heathland, woodland, scrub, bogs, freshwater and sand dunes.....

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