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  • Arne Nature Reserve

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    Name of Location Arne Nature Reserve
    Highlights Over-wintering birds, Migrating Birds, Dragonflies and damselflies, Fungi in autumn, Reptiles and amphibians, Views
    • Cafe on site
    • Ample parking on site
    • Charge for parking
    • Manned visitor centre
    • Toilets on site
    • Picnic area
    • Viewing hides and shelters
    • Seats around the site
    • Information leaflet available
    • Signed routes and trails
    • Well made paths
    • Mobility vehicle available
    • Guided walks and events
    • Dogs on leads only
    OS Map Reference SY972878
    Aspect Detail
    Area Isle of Purbeck
    Geology Poole Basin
    Manager RSPB
    Access Tramper
    Access Wheelchair
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Smooth Cats-ear Hypochaeris glabra Present 25/08/2011
    Raft Spider Dolomedes fimbratus Present on the heath ponds 25/08/2011
    Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis Present
    Dorset Heath Erica ciliaris Present 25/08/2011
    Mossy Stonecrop Crassula tillaea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca Present 25/08/2011
    Red-banded Sand wasp Ammophila sabulosa Present 14/08/2012
    Mottled Grasshopper Myrmeleotettix maculatus Present 25/08/2011
    Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus Winter visitors 15/11/2011
    Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor Rare winter visitor 17/01/2012

    This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

    SSSI Name Arne
    Primary Photo

    The Arne Peninsula lies on the southern shore of Poole Harbour and holds an extensive area of lowland heathland on the Bagshot Beds with diverse plant and animal communities of dry heath, wet heath and bog, which show many characteristics typical of Purbeck heaths. There are fine transitions from heathland into saltmarsh, reed swamp, coniferous and deciduous woodland and the site contains a geological exposure of high fossil plant interest

    Interest Biological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes Much of the RSPB reserve at Arne is included in this SSSI.

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