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Branksome Dene Chine nature reserve

Branksome Dene Chine nature reserve

 Branksome Dene  Chine nature  reserve

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About this nature reserve

Branksome Dene Chine nature reserve is around 13 acres of steep wooded valleys, heathland and ridges adjacent to Branksome Dene Chine beach.

This is the largest semi-natural area on the Poole Bay Cliffs wildlife corridor.

The site is a Geological Site of Scientific Interest, as it shows large exposures of river valley development.

Visit the Poole's heathlands Facebook page.

Types of habitat

Narrow, steep-sided pine and deciduous wooded valleys.

Lowland heathland cliff faces that tower over the promenade and beach.

What to see

A number of tree species, although much of the shrub layer is dominated by dense stands of rhododendron and laurel. Small areas of remnant heathland are present. Much of the rhododendron and other invasive shrubs have now been removed.


There is a pay and display car park on site.


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 Branksome Dene Chine from: 

  • Pinewood Road
  • Cassel Avenue
  • from the beach.

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