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Arne Nature Reserve and Village
in the Isle of Purbeck

Deer at Arne nature reserve

Area Information

The Arne Village and Nature Reserve, located on the northern edge of the Isle of Purbeck next to Poole Harbour, is a beautiful and unique destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The reserve is home to a diverse range of habitats, including heathland, reed beds, salt marshes, and mudflats, making it a haven for a wide variety of plant and animal species.

The village of Arne is situated at the heart of the reserve. The village was evacuated in World War 2 when the Royal Navy used it as a decoy site. Most of the buildings in the village have been built since the Second World War, the only older building being the small 13th-century church of St. Nicholas.

The nature reserve is a must-see destination for birdwatchers, as it is home to a wide variety of bird species. Visitors can also spot other wildlife, such as deer, foxes, and badgers, as well as a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. Arne is one of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK's native reptiles can be found. The reserve is also home to a rich variety of plant life, including heather, gorse, and wildflowers.

Several walking trails take visitors through the reserve, allowing them to explore the different habitats and see the wildlife up close. The trails range from easy, flat routes suitable for families, to more strenuous routes for more experienced walkers.

The Arne Village and Nature Reserve are open all year round, and visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including guided walks, birdwatching and picnic areas. The reserve also has an excellent visitor center, which provides information about the reserve and its history, as well as a café and gift shop.

Overall, the Arne Village and Nature Reserve is a must-see destination for anyone interested in nature and outdoor activities. The reserve's unique combination of stunning landscapes, rich wildlife, and traditional village charm make it a truly special place to visit. Whether you're a birdwatcher, a nature lover, or just looking for a peaceful retreat, the Arne Village and Nature Reserve is sure to delight and inspire.

Getting There

Arne can be reached from Wareham via the B3075 Arne Rd or from Corfe Castle via the A351, Soldiers Rd and Arne Rd.

Wildlife and Walks

The area around Arne is an RSPB nature reserve and is popular with walkers and bird watchers.

The RSPB website has further information regarding the nature reserve at www.rspb.org.uk/arne.

Further details for events in and around Arne are on our events diary.

Click to view Deer at Arne - Ref: 955
Click to view Fox at Heartland Moor - Ref: 1393
Click to view Squirrel - Ref: 1394
Click to view Deer at Arne - Ref: 1530
Click to view Arne Nature Reserve - Ref: 1597
Click to view Poole Harbour and Arne Nature Reserve - Ref: 1804



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