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Townsend Nature Reserve

It seems to me Townsend is something of a...

Brownsea Island: yes, an island set in a brown sea

Brownsea Island is a favourite place of mine; I just wish I could get there more often. It is lovely to be remote from the daily hustle and bustle, in a place where where you are is more important than what you are. 

I was sat on...

St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill: stepping out.

If you like a challenging walk and stunning views of the Dorset coast line then a circular walk from the car park near Renscombe Farm out to St Adhelms Head and then to Emmetts Hill and back is made just for you. After you leave St...

Sovel Down: dreams do come true!

On dark, dreary winter days I dream of walking in the sunshine across flower-strewn chalk grassland with butterflies flitting from one flower to the next and bumblebees and hoverflies to be seen everywhere. Today, at last as it has been...

Stourpaine and the Trailway

The track of the long-since abandoned...

Bere Wood: the sea of blue

In spring you can see bluebells almost...

Wilkswood (Langton West Wood)

This wood is known locally as Langton...

Kings Wood: awesome ramsons

A visit to Kings Wood in early May...

Eight Acre Wood: a surprise in Bovington

Eight acre wood is a small fragment of...

Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour: for ducking and diving!

Many may think of the Ferrybridge nature...

Bracketts Coppice: buy one get one free!

The Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Bracketts Coppice is certainly a must for the nature enthusiast. Although called a copse the reserve covers quite a large area and along with the old coppiced woodland there are some wonderful hay...

Hibbitt Woods: a split personality

The Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve of Hibbitt Woods is actually two separate pieces of woodland. No doubt they were once one but at some point a track through it has been made in to a road and so separated the two sections. Whilst...

Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve: worthy of the status

After seven years exploring the nature reserves of Dorset I thought I had seen the best and the rest had little extra to offer. The Hog Cliff website did not indicate anything special and so visiting it had been left to the 'clearing up...

Lankham Bottom: from top to bottom

I suspect that unless you are a member of the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation you will never have heard of the Lankham Bottom nature reserve let alone have paid it a visit. That is a shame as it really is a very interesting site...

Lydlinch Common: a surprise package

My first visit to Lydlinch Common started with a bit of a surprise. The land I was stood on was obviously higher than much of the surrounding area and so I would have expected it to be dry with water draining to the lower levels nearby...

Hod Hill: the rest is history

There are very few places you can go anywhere in the United Kingdom, let alone Dorset, where you can see countryside that has been pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. The second world war 'Dig for Victory' campaign and...

Deadmoor Common: the real Blackmore Vale

Hundreds, if not thousands, of years of human activity have transformed the Dorset landscape and it is so easy to look at our world today and not appreciate how continual gradual change has brought about this transformation. Just...

Fifehead Wood: Dorset rain forest!

There are very few woodlands in north Dorset and around the Blackmore Vale area and so Fifehead Wood stands alone in what is beautiful gentle green countryside. Not only does it stand alone as the only real wooded area for miles it is...

Troublefield Nature Reserve: What is in a name?

On my way to the Dorset Wildlife Trust Troublefield nature reserve for the first time I was wondering how it got that name. I can only speculate that when all of the neighbouring land was a farm it was this field that would have given...

Delph Wood: a woodland of diversity

Once you have found Delph Wood you will...

Cashmoor Down: a floral tribute

My travels around the nature reserve and wildlife hotspots of Dorset have revealed many delightful surprises, none more so than Cashmoor Down. I had little expectation and so left visiting this site until well down my list (number 178...

Wyke Down and Acking Dyke: roaming the Roman way

I think I left my visit to this ancient site until a bit late in the season and so my species list certainly does not reflect its true value as a nature hotspot. It is, in any event, an important historical site with several tumuli on...

Alners Gorse: how the world should be

I did not have great expectations when I...

Hartland Moor: the moor the merrier

If Hartland Moor sounds a bleak place you...

Durlston Country Park: a national nature reserve

I confess to being a little cynical about...

Arne Nature Reserve: diversity beauty and tranquillity

It took a while but in the end I was able to refine exactly why Arne is so special to me; its diversity, its beauty and its tranquillity.

As a very amateur naturalist I appreciate the ecology of an environment; how the soil...

Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve: wild and scruffy

Broadcroft Quarry is a wonderfully untidy place! In our neat and ordered world untidy places are priceless and their chaos is, to my mind anyway, really refreshing and natural.

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Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves: a part of the fayre wood

If you follow my reviews you will know I am a bit cynical about nature reserves created in the midst of human development purely because the land was not suitable for building on. Such reserves...

Alder Hills: the volcano crater

Alder Hills is an interesting place, it not so much hills as a large pond. The best way I can describe it is to say that it is like a dormant volcano with a crater filled with water. It is not a...

Ashley Wood: fore!

Ashley Wood is an ancient hazel and ash coppice woodland with oak and ash standards. It has, for some years, gone without an active coppicing regime but that is now being put to rights by the...

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