Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve
A delightful heathland area with other habitat types to add variety.
Sandford Heath: a comfortable heath - Sandford Heath is a favourite local site of mine! There is a lot of heath in Purbeck but somehow the character of Sandford Heath is a little different and I put it down to the large heathland areas being somewhat cold and unforgiving whereas this site is warm and comfortable ... well I know what I mean. There is plenty to see in a range of sub-habitats with dry heath and bog with a wonderful heathland pool which swarms with damselflies and dragonflies on a nice summers day. There is a stream with rich green vegetation and scrubby areas too. Having been planted with conifers at one stage extensive management is underway to remove the plantation trees and restore the area to heathland. The results of this work will take time to come through but the signs are already there that the effort will be worthwhile. Despite being close to a busy road, an industrial estate and extensive housing it is a peaceful place and I rarely see anyone else there, just an occasional dog walker and, in school holidays, a couple of the local kids exploring.
|Site Name||Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve|
|Protection||National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest|
|Diversity||High (150-200 species)|
Bright and breezy again; time for a return visit to Sandford Heath: