Branksome Dene Chine nature reserve is around 13 acres of steep wooded valleys, heathland and ridges next to Branksome Dene Chine beach. It 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.
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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 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: 10 October 2018