The Wildlife Trust for Dorset, Brooklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AA

Tel No:  01305 264620           


On site toilets and the nearest refreshments can be brought from The Manor Hotel, West Bexington. Disabled access is limited due to rough terrain. Public car park. Opening and Closing Times:Open at all times.

Area Description:

23 ha of shingle beach, reedbed, wet meadows and scrub make this a site to visit at different times of the year so as to appreciate, most specifically, the varied ornithological delights.

Best times to visit:

Spring and late summer are best times to catch up with the migration period as well as some early and late botanical specimens. Overwintering birds can be plentiful and a good daily list can be had with a little effort.

Shingle beach, reedbeds, clover filled fields and wet meadows all add to the diversity of habitats at West Bexington.

Key Flora:

The wet meadows have a profusion of speciality species with Ragged Robin, Southern Marsh Orchid and Cuckooflower most noteworthy. Several meadows support more commoner species such as Red Clover, Birds-Foot Trefoil and Plantains. The shingle beach has some good species such as Yellow-Horned Poppy, Sea Mayweed, Sea Kale, Sea Thrift, Spotted Medick, Prickly Ox-Tongue and Sea Campion.

Key Fauna:

Corn Bunting, nesting Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Reed Warblers, Little Owl, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warblers and Water Rail are all possibilities as well as a good selection of more common species. Migrant birds can be added to any day trip list providing the timing is right. Field voles, woodmice & dormice attract the interest of predatory species. Several species of butterfly and day flying moth can be seen throughout the summer. This is a good site for the Channel Island Pug Moth.

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