Bourne Valley nature reserve is made up of parts of Bourne Bottom and Bourne Valley park. Parts of this site are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest because of their rare heathland wildlife. There are excellent walking and cycle links along the Bourne Valley Greenway between north Poole and Bournemouth.
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Types of habitat
- dry acid dwarf shrub heath
- wet heath
- valley mire
- bog pools
- running water
- willow carr
- secondary oak and birch woodland
- acidic, pasture and amenity grassland
What to see
The area is renowned as one of the best sites in Dorset for dragonflies which abound in the small acidic pools on the wet heath.
Visitors often spot:
- sand lizards
- the Dartford Warbler
There is very limited parking on roads near this reserve.
Your dog must be on a short lead during bird breeding: 1 March to 31 July every year, and when livestock is near. Remember to keep your dog under close control and to pick up after it.
Page last updated: 01 August 2019