Arne Road, Arne, Wareham, BH20 5BJ
Arne remains one of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK’s native reptiles can be found. Situated on Poole Harbour, it’s a stunning landscape which consists of dramatic open heathland and ancient oak woodland.
RSPB Arne is one of the best places to spot the Dartford warbler, especially during Spring when they will be busy nesting. See if you can spot them on the heath as they flit around the gorse, shouting at anything that gets too close to their territory.
In summer the reptiles are out. On a warm day you could catch a glimpse of a sand lizard basking in the sun, or a slow worm slithering across the path. At dusk listen out for the peculiar call of the nightjar churring over the heath. It’s also a great time of year to see ospreys that are making a return to Poole Harbour.
Autumn is rutting season for the sika deer at Arne, you can’t miss the piercing call of the stags. In early Autumn the pond dwelling raft spider can be seen hunting on the surface of heathland ponds.
The water birds really are spectacular in Winter, with internationally important numbers gathering in Poole Harbour. Arne gets large flocks of waders including avocets as well as spoonbill, with up to 60 feeding on the reserve during the day.
The car park, toilets, Welcome Area and shop and café are open year round to help you make the most of your visit.
For full details, visit RSPB Arne