Natural England, Slepe Farm, Arne, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BN

Tel No:  01929 557450  


No amenities.  There are signs to assist visitors and leaflets are available on-site.

Opening and Closing Times:

Open at all times with roadside parking.

Area Description:

The habitat is made up of dry heath, mire and acid grassland reverting to heath. A few damp areas and an open pool increase the diversity and bring in a greater array of species.

An open pool with surrounding damp areas can give a good variety of Odanata species.

Best times to visit:

Spring through to autumn are obviously the best times when a whole host of insect life and flowering plants can be seen.

Key Flora:

Rare Bog Orchid, Dorset Heath, White and Brown Beak Sedge, Marsh Gentian, Dwarf and Common Gorse.

Large areas of dry heath are at their best in late summer and offer the reptile hunter plenty to go at.

Key Fauna:

Bird watching is limited to a few specialist species such as Linnet, Stonechat, Nightjar, Merlin, Skylark and Dartford Warbler.Grayling and several day flying moths can be seen with Keeled Skimmer, Emerald Damselfly, Ruddy Darter and Golden Ringed Dragonfly picks amongst other more common species.Reptiles are well represented with Sand Lizard and Smooth Snake distinct possibilities.

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