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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.
A long sandy beach, extensive sand dunes, dry heath, damp woodland and large inland lake; what more do you want?
|Name of Location||Studland Heath National Nature Reserve|
|Highlights||Dragonflies and damselflies, Over-wintering birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Views|
|Diversity||Average (100-150 species)|
|OS Map Reference||SZ034836|
|Open Water||Extensive lake and some smaller ponds||
Open lakes or reservoirs are often found on nature reserves and are, of course, a habitat that some species thrive on. Whilst not a real danger open ater can be ab attraction for youngsters and for dogs. Always keep dogs on a lead (as they should always be on a reserve anyway) and keep children under close supervision.
|Rough Ground||The paths can be very sandy and heavy 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.
|Bog and Myre||Very boggy between the road and Little Sea||
Bog and myre on heaths can be lethal if you get stuck in them and often there is no help for miles around. On heathland it pays to keep to well made pathways and not to stray off into boggy areas. Never do this alone and always one person stay on firm ground. Helicopter rescues from such situations are not uncommon!
|Loose Footings||The sand on the dunes and at the top of the beach is very soft||
Some reserves, often coastal ones, can have loose footings on shingle, sand, even rocks. Not only can this be hazzardous they can be very tiring to walk across and one can sometimes find one has walked too far!
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.