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Nature Reserves and Wild Places in Dorset

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To aid users of mobile devices as well as those with a mouse or laptop finger pad this site uses a simple image-based menu system. Virtually every picture you see (images and photos) are links to more information arranged in a sort of top-down structure. See an image, click or tap on it to open a new page.

The nature reserves and wild places of Dorset

In this section I have collected together information about the nature reserves and wild places of Dorset; the best places to go if you are a nature lover. The core of this data are the records and photographs I have collected on my visits to some wonderful places, Dorset is a lovely county. The places featured are not just designated nature reserves, I have included some other locations that are publicly accessible and worth visiting.

Many of the places in the sites database are designated as sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The borders may not directly match, some SSSI may actually have more than one designated nature reserve within them and some sites cover more than one SSSI. With this in mind I have created a section for the SSSI in Dorset and linked my sites to this as best I can.

I have an interest habitats and how different conditions suit particular animals and plants. To tie this together I have created a section that features the main habitat types to be found in Dorset, the places where those habitats can be found and the typical species associated with each habitat type.


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

Reserves Index

An alphebetical index to the 300 sites featured on the Nature of Dorset:

  • Discover the character of each site through reviews and photographs
  • See what species occur at each site with the species lists and gallery
  • Get directions to enable you to find the site you wish to visit



All you need to know about the best places in Dorset to see wildlife:

  • Know the place you want to visit? Use the alphbetical index
  • Looking for options in a part of the county? Use the map
  • Want details of the county's SSSI? Use the SSSI section.


Reserves Map

A map showing the location of c300 wildlife sites in Dorset:

  • Find sites near to where you live or are staying in Dorset
  • Plan you day out if you intend to visit more than one site in a day
  • Click any pin to see the site name and to access the full site detail



An introduction to the habitat types commonly found in Dorset:

  • Interested in habitat and habitat classification? Use the top down guide
  • Looking to see where selected habitats occur in Dorset? Use the map
  • Want to know what vegetation forms a particular habitat type? Use the species lists


Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Information about the Sites of Special Scientific Interest here in Dorset:

  • A complete alphabetical list of all SSSI locations from which you can access comprehensive information
  • A map of all the County's SSSI sites showing their location and giving you access to further information
  • Want to know more about SSSI in general? Use the link to the Natural England website