Ham Common nature reserve

Ham Common nature reserve


BH15 4RW: Lake Drive car park, viewpoint car park on Napier Road (Rockley Holiday).

Site description

Ham Common is a heathland next to Poole Harbour. It offers beautiful views over the harbour, to the Purbecks. The common has an adjoining beach, lake and area of woodland.

Types of habitat

Dry heath, lakes and reservoirs.

What to see

Ham Common is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for its rare Eocene Age plant fossils.

The common is also home to:

  • rare lizards
  • birds
  • plants


You can park in both free car parks:

  • Lake Drive car park
  • the viewpoint car park on Napier Road (Rockley Holiday Park)


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.

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Page last updated: 13 August 2019
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