Talbot Heath

Talbot Heath


BH12 1QA: Dalling Road, Winston Avenue, Mayford Road, Purchase Road, East Avenue, Branksome Hill Road.

Site description

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.

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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
  • 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 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: 12 August 2019
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