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Studland Heath National Nature Reserve
Name of Location Studland Heath National Nature Reserve Highlights Dragonflies and damselflies, Over-wintering birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Views Diversity Average (100-150 species) 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 SZ034836Ten Top Species: Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level Mossy Stonecrop Crassula tillaea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)5 Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca Recorded by others5 Marsh Gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)5 Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis Recorded by others5 Slender Thistle Carduus tenuiflorus Present 19/09/20124 Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata Winter visitor 01/01/20114 Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima Several 01/01/20114 Great Sundew Drosera anglica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)4 Pale Butterwort Pinguicula lusitanica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)4 Adder Vipera berus Recorded by others4 Habitat(s) Extent Comment W4: Wet Woodland Partial Around Little Sea H1: Dry Heath Significant On higher ground H3: Wet Heath Minority Some areas along the road FL: Lakes and reservoirs Partial Little Sea CD: Coastal Dunes Significant Between the beach and the heath H4: Valley Mire and Bog Partial Much of the area to the east of Ferry Road H8: Dune Heath Partial Much of the sandy area behind the beach
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 Description
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.