About the National Nature Reserve

Purbeck Heaths Credit: Studland Dunes by Neil Davidson 30th Aug 2020

About the

National Nature Reserve

The Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve, declared in 2020, is the beating heart of a healthy resilient landscape, with abundant wildlife brimming over and enriching Wild Purbeck.

Bringing together three pre-existing, much smaller areas of national nature reserve, along with the surrounding landscape has now made a bigger, better and more joined up area for the animals, plants and their habitats to thrive.

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The Purbeck Heaths national nature reserve spans 3,331 hectares across Studland, Corfe Castle, Arne, Church Knowle, and Steeple with Tyneham in the County of Dorset.

This land is owned by seven different landowners; The National Trust, RSPB, Rempstone Estate, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC), Forestry England and Natural England and is located within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Purbeck Heaths

Habitats & Species

The Purbeck Heath landscape is a complex mixture of habitats including the UK’s largest and best quality low lying wet and dry heathland.

There are also valley mires (swampy, boggy grounds), acid grasslands (nutrient-poor grassy areas and bare ground), coastal sand dunes at Studland Bay and saltmarsh along the inside of Poole Harbour along with Britain’s largest lowland oligotrophic (low nutrient) lake, Little Sea at Studland.

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Purbeck Heaths Promise

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