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Countryside sites and nature reserves

There are many places to visit in Dorset's countryside where you can watch wildlife, go for a walk or relax on a sunny day.

The countryside sites and nature reserves below are managed by the Dorset councils.

Are you interested in volunteering to help look after one of these sites? Find out how to get involved.

 

Christchurch countryside sites

Read more about Christchurch countryside sites
Christchurch has a diverse range of habitats, from saltmarsh and heathland to woodland and grassland.

East Dorset

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The countryside of East Dorset is easy to get to and is unique, with internationally important wildlife.

North Dorset countryside sites

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Dorset County Council currently manages 12 sites across North Dorset in partnership with North Dorset District Council.

Purbeck countryside sites

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Places to visit in the Purbeck countryside include Durlston Country Park, nature reserves, heathland, woodland, grassland and ancient monuments.

West Dorset countryside sites

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The rolling hills of West Dorset offer a wide variety of countryside sites and landscapes to explore.

Weymouth and Portland countryside sites

Read more about Weymouth and Portland countryside sites
Weymouth and Portland's fantastic abundance of wild places offers everyone somewhere to explore and enjoy.
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