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Studland and Godlingston Heaths

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This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Studland and Godlingston Heaths
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Underlying the south and west of this site are the Bagshot Beds against which sand dunes have built up over the past 3 or 4 centuries forming a large part of the South Haven Peninsula and enclosing a lake, Little Sea. In addition to the importance of the peninsula as a key site for coastal geomorphology, the range of habitats on Studland and Godlingston Heaths, including a fine expanse of heathland with many rare animals, makes this area of outstanding importance for nature conservation.

Interest Biological, Geological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes Two national nature reserves with many heathland species combine to make this a key SSSI site in the Purbeck area of Dorset.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Distribution Map Species List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
Studland Heath National Nature Reserve

A long sandy beach, extensive sand dunes, dry heath, damp woodland and large inland lake; what more do you want? 


Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve

A large area of heathland lying behind Studland and between the Purbeck Ridge and Poole Harbour. A national nature reserve.