Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

Varied, interesting habitat along the course of the Bourne river as it runs though Wallisdown and Branksome towards the sea.


Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve: exceeding expectations

Site Details: 
Name of Location Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)
Highlights Dragonflies and damselflies, Reptiles and amphibians
  • Limited parking on site
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference SZ064936
Aspect Detail
Area Conurbation Area
Manager Local Authorities
Geology Poole Basin
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Ditches and Streams A stream runs through the centre of the reserve

Often ditches and streams on nature reserves will have bridges to help you cross at appropriate points but on some smaller reserves this may not always be the case. Beware muddy banks, never jump across only step, and make sure you have adequate footwear before wading or paddling! 

Rough Ground Not all the paths are easy 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.

Steep Slopes Some of the paths are quite steep in places

Escarpments and downland are often left unfarmed and so have a diversity of plant life and become designated as nature reserves to protect those species that are present. Steep slopes in such environments can be a struggle to climb and the risk of falling will always be present and special care is needed. 

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.

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