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Birds of Poole Harbour - a Woodcock at Stoborough Heath, Purbeck

Birdlife at Stoborough Heath NNR

Soldiers Road runs between Hartland Moor and Stoborough Heath NNR, offering several convenient laybys to park up and begin exploring. However, the national nature reserve is also accessible on foot from Wareham, following the River Frome to Redcliffe and Ridge before joining the Poole Harbour Trail at Sunnyside. Here a view out across the heath …

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Birds of Poole Harbour Middlebere Wareham

Birdlife at Middlebere

Middlebere is one of the harbour’s premier birding sites, offering a stunning variety of birds, particularly in the autumn and winter. The Middlebere Channel borders the southeastern side of the Arne Peninsular and is viewable from the RSPB Arne Coombe Heath trail or from the National Trust “Avocet” hide on the eastern edge of the …

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Dartford Warbler Birds of Poole Harbour

Birdlife at Challow Hill Corfe

Challow Hill is nestled along the southern boundary of Poole Harbour and situated just east of Corfe Castle. With a small Dorset County Council car park located at the base of the hill along Sandy Hill Lane, Challow Hill offers a breathtaking (and breathless) walk up to one of the best views across the Poole …

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Sedge Warbler Birds of Poole Harbour

Birdlife at Bestwall & Swineham

Situated to the east of Wareham, Swineham and Bestwall offers a diverse suite of habitats including reedbed, floodplain, river bank, woodland and gravel pits all combining to support a wide range of birds. A lengthy public footpath runs around the entire site, and can be accessed only a few minutes walk from the town centre! …

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Durdle Door Lulworth Jurassic Coast

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth is world famous for its unique geology and landforms. A  UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can visit Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole and Man O’War Beach. Lulworth Cove Lulworth is the perfect place to visit to enjoy panoramic views and beautiful natural coastal landscapes.  With activities from rock-pooling and …

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Visit the ghost village of Tyneham near Creech, Wareham

Tyneham ‘ghost’ Village

Tyneham is Dorset’s famous ‘lost’ village   In November 1943 all residents of the small village of Tyneham in Dorset were told to leave within 28 days. The area was needed for the Second World War army forces’ training. On 17 December 1943 the last residents left, believing one day they could return. Sadly this …

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The Purbeck Park near Wareham, Dorset

Purbeck Park

Located in the centre of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, Purbeck Park is a ‘must visit’ location and is a Visitor Hub for the Purbeck Heaths (read more). Start here and explore nearby attractions and the coast by steam train, bike, bus or on foot. Meet up with family and friends to enjoy a whole …

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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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