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? 


 

Studland Heath National Nature Reserve: the bare essentials

Share
Site Details: 
Name of Location Studland Heath National Nature Reserve
Highlights Dragonflies and damselflies, Over-wintering birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Views
Facilities
  • Ample parking on site
  • Charge for parking
  • Manned visitor centre
  • Cafe on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Picnic area
  • Viewing hides and shelters
  • Signed routes and trails
  • Guided walks and events
OS Map Reference SZ034836
Aspect Detail
Manager National Trust
Area Isle of Purbeck
Geology Poole Basin
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Open Water Extensive lake and some smaller ponds

Open lakes or reservoirs are often found on nature reserves and are, of course, a habitat that some species thrive on. Whilst not a real danger open ater can be ab attraction for youngsters and for dogs. Always keep dogs on a lead (as they should always be on a reserve anyway) and keep children under close supervision. 

Rough Ground The paths can be very sandy and heavy walking

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

Loose Footings The sand on the dunes and at the top of the beach is very soft

Some reserves, often coastal ones, can have loose footings on shingle, sand, even rocks. Not only can this be hazzardous they can be very tiring to walk across and one can sometimes find one has walked too far! 

Bog and Myre Very boggy between the road and Little Sea

Bog and myre on heaths can be lethal if you get stuck in them and often there is no help for miles around. On heathland it pays to keep to well made pathways and not to stray off into boggy areas. Never do this alone and always one person stay on firm ground. Helicopter rescues from such situations are not uncommon!

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

The Nature of Dorset on Facebook

The Nature of Dorset on Twitter

Print or Email this page:

Printer Friendly and PDF

The Nature of Dorset on Blogger

Add this page to your social network:

Share