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Explore Wareham's Nature and Wildlife at RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Arne RSPB Nature Reserve

Set against the backdrop of Poole Harbour the 565 hectares of Arne is famous for its wide open heathlands, ancient oak woodland and reedbeds. Here you can explore a diverse landscape of mudflats, scrub, wet woodland, acid grassland and sandy beaches. Arne is a fantastic place for family walks at any time of year and …

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Wild Woodbury Dorset Wildlife Trust Bere Regis near Wareham and Purbeck

Wild Woodbury

A 170 hectares of former agricultural land acquired by Dorset Wildlife Trust in 2021 just outside Bere Regis. Rewilding is not abandoning the land or trying to return the land to what it looked like centuries ago, it’s about letting nature take the lead, allowing woodland to regenerate naturally, creating wetlands and introducing mixed grazing. …

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Dorset Wildife Trust Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Four miles east of Wareham, Higher Hyde Heath is an internationally important area of dry and wet lowland heathland and woodland within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This nature reserve is home to all six of the UK’s native reptiles and rich and varied flora and fauna such as silver studded blue and …

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Stonehill Nature Reserve near Wareham in Dorset

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Nextdoor to Kilwood is Stonehill Down nature reserve with its stunning views across Purbeck, also managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust High up on the chalk ridge running from east to west over the Isle of Purbeck, Stonehill Down offers far reaching views across Wareham Forest and in the warmer months, the chalk downland is covered …

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Kilwood Nature Reserve near Wareham in Dorset

Kilwood Nature Reserve

A few miles outside Wareham, you will find this wonderful nature reserve managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Kilwood is the inspiring result of years of natural regeneration of the birch and oak woodland which is now home to dormice as well as great crested newts in the deep ponds and 18 species of dragonflies. Throughout …

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Wareham Forest near Wareham Dorset

Wareham Forest

Wareham Forest is a great place to explore and discover the famous heaths and woods of the Dorset countryside. Many miles of tracks take you through beautiful and ancient landscapes, where if you are lucky you’ll see some of the things that make it so special. This area is home to lots of unique plants …

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Visit The Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Tearoom in Wareham

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Furzebrook Estate Established in 1935 The Blue Pool Tearooms & Furzebrook Estate has been entertaining visitors for over 85 years! Now under new ownership,  the management aim to take a respectful and sympathetic approach to this unique Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve represents a fragile environment, recognised …

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Careys Secret Garden

Carey’s Secret Garden

Behind a 150 year old wall, situated just outside of Wareham, Dorset, sits 3.5 acres in the midst of transformation. Carey’s Secret Garden opened its gate to the public in May this year. This wild, walled Victorian garden was rediscovered in 2019 and has undergone extensive restoration to re-imagine the gardens for a modern age. …

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