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A stunning national nature reserve on the Purbeck coast south of Swanage.


Durlston Country Park: a national nature reserve

Post date: Sunday, 21 September, 2014 - 00:00

I confess to being a little cynical about country parks! Those I have visited in the past tend not to be for nature but for people to let their children and their dogs run wild ... Durslton is not like that at all. It is a national nature reserve and worthy of the title in every respect. There are children, of course, but usually in well supervised school parties actively engaging with, and learning about, nature. There are dogs too but apart from a few locals who regularly walk their dogs and refuse to keep them on leads most dogs can be proud of their owners.

But Durslton is not about noisy children and rampaging dogs! Durlston has it all; dramatic sea cliffs and nesting sea birds, open natural limestone grassland with orchids and other delights, wonderful flower meadows that have to be seen to be believed, magnificent views, probably one of the best visitor centres in the country, I could go on and on and on.

Durslton is a MUST for anyone visiting Dorset and I could, indeed, write pages and pages about it but I will not, I will just encourage you to go there and see it for yourself. There is something to see at any time of year but it can turn very muddy after prolonged wet spells to take care if you visit in winter.


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