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Delph Woods

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 Delph Woods

 Gravel Hill, Merley,
 Poole, BH21 3BJ

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About this nature reserve

Delph Woods is a 24 acre site with unsurfaced woodland paths, a shallow stream with footbridges and a grassy area opposite a cricket ground.

Types of habitat

Mixed woodland, ponds, ditches and streams.

What to see

There is a 1.5 mile woodland trail, marked by yellow posts, which leads you past a 200 year old oak tree, along a shallow stream with footbridges.

You may spot tree-nesting birds and bats here, including the rare Bechstein's bat.


Delph Woods has limited free parking which can be accessed from Gravel Hill (A349) next to Blackwater Drive.

There are two car parks; a small one near the cricket ground and another in the woodland at the end of the lane.


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.


Delph Woods can be accessed from Gravel Hill and links through to the Castleman Trailway to form part of a longer walk. 


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