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 Bourne Valley SSSI

 Bourne Valley LNR

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Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve

Managed by the Borough of Poole Leisure Services

Classification: SSSI, RAMSAR, SPA, SAC, approx 80 hectares.

Types of Habitat: dry acid dwarf shrub heath, wet heath, valley mire, flush, bog pools, ponds, running water, willow carr, secondary oak/birch woodland, acidic grassland, pasture grassland and amenity grassland. 

Alderney, Poole

Bourne Valley is a shallow valley running southeast from Canford Heath, approximately three miles north east of Poole Town Centre.  It represents the largest stretch of continuous linear open space in the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation.  Predominantly heathland, it is made up of Bourne Bottom, parts of Alderney Recreation Ground and those parts of Talbot Heath that are in council ownership.  

The site contains a number of historical features, including boundary banks which probably date back to the 1822 Enclosures Act, and Fern Barrow at Talbot Heath, am ancient burial mound and Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

The Greenway cycle track is accessible from Bloxworth Road. Walkers can access the Reserve’s footpaths via Keyes Close, Evering Avenue, Turbary Close, Bloxworth Road or Astbury Avenue.

A survey of users carried out at Bloxworth Road in 2000 found around 150 people use the Greenway here each day:

  • 17% of them cycling

  • 36% walking or jogging

  • 47% walking dogs

Most of the Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest [more] because of its special heathland wildlife; visitors are often able to enjoy glimpses of sand lizards and Dartford Warblers. The variety of heath on the slopes and valleys of Bourne Valley can look spectacular and it is a wonderful location for both keen and amateur bird watchers. The area is renowned as one of the best sites in Dorset for dragonflies which abound in the small acidic pools on the wet heath.

Borough of Poole Leisure Services

Email: leisure@poole.gov.uk

Enquiries: 01202 265265

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