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Alder Hills nature reserve

Alder Hills Nature Reserve

 Alder Hills nature  reserve

 Alder Road, Branksome
 Poole, BH12 1PN

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About this nature reserve

Alder Hills nature reserve is a 13 acre site and is noted for its lizard and dragonfly populations.

This heathland nature reserve, with a pond rich with wildlife, is a relic of continuous heathland which stretched from Christchurch to Dorchester. 

In 1984 it was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by the Nature Conservancy Council (now Natural England).

Apply for a fishing permit for this site.

Visit the Poole's heathlands Facebook page.

Types of habitat

  • dry and humid heath
  • wildlife pond
  • fringing carr woodland.

What to see

Heathland species including: 

  • all six British reptiles
  • dragonflies
  • amphibians
  • kingfishers
  • woodcock
  • cormorants
  • finches
  • warblers
  • Emperor moths
  • mining bees
  • parasitic sand wasps.


There is very limited parking on roads near this reserve.


Your dog must be on a short lead during bird breeding, 1 March - 31 July, or when livestock are near.

Remember to keep dogs under close control and to pick up after them.


You can access the nature reserve from pedestrian entrances at: 

  • Talbot View Community Centre
    3 Alder Park
    Alder Road
    BH12 4AY 
  • Sharp Road 
  • Farnham Road.

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