Dorset Heaths

We love guests to make the most of the area to the rear of 2 Heath Cottages. You can directly access Sandford Heath from our planted garden and through the more au naturel mini woodland. It is one of the collection of sites that together make up Dorset Heaths National Nature Reserve.

The picturesque corner of the county Dorset Heaths occupies is noteworthy for its spectacular mosaic of open heathland & bogs. Certainly some of England’s rarest wildlife survive here and furthermore the area is ideal for a gentle stroll or a longer hike. During the summer the landscape bursts into colour and as a result many relish the chance of spotting a carnivorous plant or catching a glimpse of a rare sand lizard.

The area is one of the few remaining strongholds of the charismatic Dartford Warbler. All six species of British reptile have been seen at the reserve. Furthermore bug hunters have plenty to keep them occupied due to the fantastic range of grasshoppers, butterflies and dragon flies.

Other nearby attractions well worth a visit are the RSPB reserve at Arne, the Studland Heath & Durlston National Nature Reserves and the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Download Natural England's 9 page booklet 'Dorset’s Heathland National Nature Reserves'