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Christchurch countryside sites

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Christchurch has a diverse range of habitats, from saltmarsh and heathland to woodland and grassland.

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils have a joint landscape and countryside team which manages around 60 countryside sites across the two authorities. In Christchurch there are around 20 sites.

View a map of Countryside sites, parks and green spaces in Dorset

  • Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve

    Information on Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve in Christchurch, including woodland wildlife, facilities and the coastal location.

  • Nea Meadows Nea Meadows Local Nature Reserve

    A wildlife rich, former parkland site, situated close to the village of Highcliffe.

  • Purewell Meadows Calf Purewell Meadows Local Nature Reserve

    Purewell Meadows Nature Reserve in Christchurch, including information on its location and value to people and wildlife.

  • St Catherine's Hill St Catherine's Hill

    St Catherine's Hill is a 35 hectare area of heathland and coniferous forest. It is located to the north of Christchurch and is bordered by Town Common Nature Reserve and the Wessex Way (A338). The Hill is home to a large number of important wildlife species and is highly designated.

  • Steamer Point Local Nature Reserve

    A beautiful cliff top wooded nature reserve situated between Highcliffe Castle and Friar's Cliff in Christchurch. Steamer Point is a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) which covers 11 hectares (24 acres) of predominantly deciduous woodland, with some areas of grassland, ponds and wetland, and sea cliffs.

  • Grove Copse Grove Copse

    Information on Grove Copse in Christchurch, including woodland wildlife and location.

  • Mude Valley Mude Valley

    Information on Mude Valley Nature Reserve in Christchurch, including woodland and wetland wildlife interest and location.

  • Stanpit Marsh Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

    Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, mud flats, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub.

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