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This is just one of over 200 reserves and wildlife hot-spots featured on the Nature of Dorset. Find out where this site is, what it is like and what you can see there below.
Varied, interesting habitat along the course of the Bourne river as it runs though Wallisdown and Branksome towards the sea.
|Name of Location||Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)|
|Highlights||Dragonflies and damselflies, Reptiles and amphibians|
|Diversity||Average (100-150 species)|
|OS Map Reference||SZ064936|
|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.
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.