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Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve

A Bunny is a local name of unknown origin for a valley, equivalent to the Dorset Chine or Glen in Scotland. Chewton Bunny is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, rich in woodland wildlife including a number of Ancient Natural Woodland Indicator species.

Chewton Bunny Nature Reserve

Mill House in the centre of the site (now a private residence) previously used a waterwheel in the Walkford Brook to mill grain. The site was also a convenient smuggling route for contraband in the past. At the north end, the Brook passes under the first ever reinforced concrete bridge.

 Nearest town:   Highcliffe
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Nearest postcode: BH23 5JA
Nearest train station: Hinton Admiral
Nearest bus stop: Wharncliffe Road

The nearest car park is Highcliffe Cliff Top Car Park


Chewton Bunny is a short distance from central Highcliffe. Gravel footpaths in a steep sided valley. One flight of steps forms an optional route. No gates. Some wooden benches.

Habitat: Broadleaved woodland and freshwater stream
Look out for: Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage, wood anemone, nuthatch, woodpeckers, dog's mercury
Dogs allowed? Yes but under close control.
Size: 5.5 ha
Managed by: Christchurch Borough Council Countryside Service
Site designations Site of Nature Conservation Interest
What to do? A pleasant woodland walk alongside the Walkford Brook to the sea. Opportunities for watching wildlife, including woodland birds.

Christchurch & East Dorset Landscape & Countryside Team

Name: Christchurch & East Dorset Landscape & Countryside Team
Tel: 01202 795684
Full contact details for Christchurch & East Dorset Landscape & Countryside Team

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