|Studland ,Godlingston Heath and Little Sea|
The Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR is on the Isle of Purbeck on the southern side of Poole Harbour, 4 km north of Swanage.
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. The reserve is of international nature conservation significance. All six British reptile species can be found here and there are large wildfowl populations.
Little Sea: sand dune ridges have built up over the last 400 years to enclose an acidic freshwater lake - the Little Sea - in the north of the reserve. The lake attracts wintering wildfowl and there are four hides overlooking Little Sea. An inlet of Poole Harbour can be viewed from a hide at Brands Bay to the west of Little Sea.
Godlingston Heath: the heath is one of the largest remaining tracts of lowland heathland. The site supports large populations of Dartford warblers, nightjars and all six British reptile species. Wintering waders feed here at low tide and many then move to the north end of Studland beach to rest at high tide. Little egrets roost throughout the winter. The reserve also has particularly rich populations of dragonflies, grasshoppers, bees and wasps.
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Picture (Studland NNR Peter Coe from The Birds of Dorset).