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Talbot Heath

Talbot Heath

 Talbot Heath

 Poole, BH12 1QA

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About this nature reserve

Talbot Heath nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, and Special Area of Conservation with Ramsar designation.

This site is part of the Bourne Valley, and is home to a lot of specialised wildlife.

Visit the Poole's heathlands Facebook page.

Types of habitat

Mostly lowland heathland with patches of mixed deciduous woodland.

What to see

Sand lizards, Adders, ground-nesting birds, Silver-studded blue butterflies, Stonechats. A diverse range of insects and spiders.

A bronze age barrow. 


There is 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 get to this reserve from:

  • Dalling Road
  • Winston Avenue
  • Mayford Road
  • Purchase Road
  • East Avenue
  • Branksome Hill Road. 


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