Upton Heath Nature Reserve

A large expanse of heathland, both wet and dry, on the western edge of Poole which is now part of the Great Heath project

 

Upton Heath: the wild side of Poole - When you visit Upton Heath you can see why the westward expansion of Poole suddenly came to a halt! Upton Heath is wild, wet and very unsuitable for building on and so, mercifully, it was saved from destruction. The proximity of housing, however, has taken its toll with many dogs being walked, many not under control and there is a degree of dog mess to avoid. It is also something of an adventure playground which leads to various problems including litter, muddy paths from bicycles and, of course, the perenial danger from heath fires that are started both accidentally and intentionally. This reserve is the site of the urban heaths project which teaches local people (especially children) about the heath, its importance and its care. Please do not let any of this put you off a visit. It is a large site, bigger than I imagined, and is well cared for by the wardens. It provides an array of habitat with a very wet heathland bog in the centre with higher, dry heath around it. There are areas of woodland and scrub, a stream and a redundant railway line, something for everyone! As always, a diverstity of habitat leads to a diversity of species. My list of species is a bit limited as I really have not done Upton Heath justice, something I must try and put right.   
Site Name Upton Heath Nature Reserve
Protection Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
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Diversity Low (50-100 species)
Map Reference SY989951
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Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
B6: Redundant Railway

Minority

F5: Ditches and streams

Minority

H1: Dry Heath

Significant

H3: Wet Heath

Partial

H4: Valley Mire and Bog

Partial

W2: Acid Woodland

Partial