South Lytchett Manor is surrounded by some of England’s finest nature locations and wildlife- waiting to be enjoyed by all ages during an autumn or winter holiday. Many visitors of our campsite in Dorset come to enjoy the wildlife at this quieter time of year.
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The Blue Pool in Furzebrook is a place of peace and tranquillity. Very fine clay suspended in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise. The pool is surrounded by 25 acres of woodland, interlaced with sandy paths inhabited by deer, rabbits, badgers, foxes, green sand lizards and a multitude of Dragonflies/Damselflies.
There are clearly marked walking routes for the disabled or those with pushchairs and many idealistic bench placements for the perfect picnic or photo opportunity. Additionally there are tea rooms on site, as well as a museum!
Will you be lucky enough to spot the elusive Dartford Warbler?
Situated on the world renowned Jurrasic Coast, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre provides overwhelming insight into the past with its magnificent display of local fossil finds and marine and coastal wildlife.
Feel inspired? The centre also offers fossil hunting walks whereby a number of experts will help you discover your very own fossils, giving you the history behind them and even aiding in using the video microscope to get a closer look!
Consisting of open heathland, Wareham Forest offers a great place to explore and be amongst nature. It is home to some of the UK’s rarest reptiles such as the smooth snake and sand lizard and also home to the unique sika deer and nightjar.
If you would prefer to enjoy the forest on wheels, there is a 7 mile route for cyclists called the Sika Cycle Trail.
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Arne Reserve is the RSPB’s flagship heathland site on a peninsula out into Poole Harbour. It has stunning wildlife including heathland birds such as nightjars and Dartford warblers, coastal birds like little egrets and avocets, as well as the chance of seeing rarer creatures like seals and sand lizards.
Late Autumn to Winter is the best time to observe the harbour birds, with internationally important numbers of wildfowl and wading birds peaking at over 30,000 in the harbour. Perfect for family walks all year round there is also a spacious cafe where you can enjoy a freshly-made Dorset scone.
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Moors Valley provides fun for all ages! It has a mixture of habitats including coniferous forest, deciduous woodland, lakes, ponds, rivers, meadow and heathland which in turn support a huge variety of wildlife.
View the forest from a different perspective with the tree top walkway or a high ropes course. Alternatively, take a ‘hawk walk’ whereby you can take a gentle stroll around the Forest with free flying hawks following on and flying to your gloved hand!
Poole Park is a large, urban park bordering Poole Harbour. Large numbers of geese and swan inhabit the waters surrounding the park. If you feel like hopping into the water yourself then there are opportunities to do sailing, windsurfing, rowing or kayaking!
What a fabulous place! Our first outing in our new campervan to try it out, the campsite and facilities are... thewardrobem, Nov 2023
The best campsite I've ever stayed at, usually large complexes lose a bit of what camping is about, but not... Colin, May 2023
Great stay, very clean excellent facilities. Bus into Poole 15 mins nice shops and great walk by the Quay. Definitely... Janet, Nov 2023