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Wildlife and Nature

This little corner of England is just perfect for wildlife so it should come as no surprise then that there are plenty of areas of outstanding natural beauty, sites of special scientific interest and protected areas.

With it’s stunning coastline of glorious beaches and rugged cliffs, it’s natural harbour of wetlands and nature reserves, and the beautiful Purbeck countryside of heathland and woodlands, this part of Dorset is a haven for a wide variety of marine life, plant life and other wildlife.

From insects to birds, heather to Scots Pine, it’s not just us humans that want to be here!

Brownsea Island Nature Reserve

Brownsea Island Nature Reserve
The largest island in Poole harbour is a haven for wildlife and one of the only places in Southern England where the red squirrel lives. Brownsea Island is also home to geese, Sika deer, pheasants and peacocks to name but a few! Plus you’ll find around sixty types of trees and an abundance of heathers, shrubs and gorze.
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Alum Chine

Alum Chine
Alum Chine is home to several species of birds, the common grey squirrel, insects, butterflies, dragonflies and a mixture of deciduous and evergreen woodland. Offering shaded wooded paths, the chine leads up from Alum Chine beach in Bournemouth to Westbourne and provides a gentle relaxing walk.
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Ham Common Nature Reserve

Ham Common Nature Reserve
Ham Common Nature Reserve in Poole is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to a variety of wildlife including insects, birds and lizards. The area has been praised for its gorgeous heathland and plant life and also features a fishing lake known as Hamworthy Lake and a small shingle beach.
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