arne nature reserve RSPB

Arne Nature Reserve

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We highly recommend a trip to Arne Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Wareham during your stay at South Lytchett Manor. This RSPB site offers acres of marked walking trails and fantastic views over Poole harbour. Keen bird watchers can make use of hides dotted along the shoreline. From the wooden huts it’s possible to watch a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Wonderful wildlife

The nature reserve occupies a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a range of habitats to explore. The mix of heathland and woodland mean it’s one of the only places where you can find all 6 species of reptile native to the UK. The wildlife varies greatly depending on the time of year. Spring offers a colourful display of butterflies and dragonflies, whereas the winter is the best time to spot raptors hunting during your walk.

Autumn is most certainly our favourite season to visit. Not only do the changing colours create a spectacular backdrop for leisurely afternoon strolls, but rutting season means you’re more likely to spot sika deer.


If you have younger members of the family in tow there’s an impressive play area where they can run and play to their hearts content. The woodland itself offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor play and den building!

There’s a café serving tea and cake as well as a small shop. The visitor centre provides plenty of learning opportunities and the chance to check out some of the nest cams. Dogs are welcome at RSPB Arne, however they must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times.

Getting to Arne

Arne Nature Reserve is located around 25 minutes’ drive from South Lytchett Manor and can be incorporated into a trip to the market town of Wareham. Entrance to the reserve is free, however there is a small fee to park (around £5 per day). RSPB members can park for free.

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