Haymoor Bottom nature reserve

Haymoor Bottom


BH17 8TJ: Sherborn Crescent, Verity Crescent.

Site description

Haymoor Bottom is a heathland with unmade footpaths. Historically the area was part of the larger Canford Heath, but is now broken up by housing. Haymoor Bottom links to the larger Sherborn open space.

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Types of habitat

Haymoor Bottom is an area of open heathland and open grassland, with areas of landscaped woodland plantation and open water.

What to see

This is a good place to spot the common lizard, as people have spotted them basking on warm spring mornings.

The small, grassy heath is alive with:

  • invertebrates
  • the Green Hairstreak butterfly
  • other common butterflies

There is a small pond with:

  • dragonflies and damselflies
  • frogs and newts

The woodland fringes also attract typical woodland birds.


There is limited parking on roads near the reserve.


Your dog must be on a short lead during bird breeding, 1 March to 31 July, or when livestock are near.

Remember to keep dogs under close control and to pick up after them.

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Page last updated: 13 August 2019
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