Nature Reserves and Wild Places in Dorset

Find the nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots of Dorset by location, by name or by manager.

When I moved to Dorset in the summer of 2006 one of the first things I did, being an avid amateur wildlife enthusiast, was to search for as much information as I could about the nature reserves and other wildlife hot-spots of Dorset. Armed with a list of some 250 I started visiting them, taking some photographs and recording what I saw. The results are here for anyone with similar interests to view at their leisure. I believe this is the only place you will find so much information about so many fascinating places and it has all come about through my hobby of nature watching.


Click/tap your selection to move to the next level down:

Map of Reserves

Map of Dorset with the nature reserves and hot-spots I have found marked on it

Reserves Index

Know the name of the place you are looking? Use the alphabetical index to find the information about it.

Managers of Reserves

View the nature reserves and wild places managed by a particular organisation, authority or estate.


I have so far given you three optons to find places to visit or information about the places you have been:

  • Use the map if you are looking for places in a specific area of Dorset
  • Use the alphabetical index structure if you know the name of the place you want information about
  • Use the manager index to find all the reserves owned by or managed by a particular organisation - the Dorset Wildlife Trust for example

For each site in the database you will find:

  • A primary photograph
  • A short note about my reflections on the site
  • Additional photographs that for a 'virtual' tour
  • Where to find the site with satnav co-ordinates, a map and directions
  • Visitor facilities (if any) and a risk assessment for people with limited mobility
  • A summary of the habitat types and a selection of records of species that you ma find there
  • Links to other Internet sites with information about the site

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