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  • Studland Heath National Nature Reserve

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    Name of Location Studland Heath National Nature Reserve
    Highlights Dragonflies and damselflies, Over-wintering birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Views
    • 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
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Mossy Stonecrop Crassula tillaea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    Marsh Gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca Recorded by others
    Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis Recorded by others
    Great Sundew Drosera anglica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    Emperor Moth Pavonia pavonia Present 02/10/2013
    Pale Butterwort Pinguicula lusitanica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    Slender Thistle Carduus tenuiflorus Present 19/09/2012
    Adder Vipera berus Recorded by others
    Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Several

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

    SSSI Name Studland and Godlingston Heaths
    Primary Photo

    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.

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