Alder Hills nature reserve

Alder Hills Nature Reserve


BH12 1PN: Talbot View Community Centre, Sharp Road or Farnham Road.

Site description

13 acre site noted for its lizard and dragonfly populations. Pond rich with wildlife. In 1984 it was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England.

Apply for a fishing permit for this site.

Visit the Poole's heathlands Facebook page.

Types of habitat

  • dry and humid heath
  • wildlife pond
  • fringing carr woodland

What to see

Heathland species including:   

  • dragonfly
  • amphibian
  • kingfisher
  • woodcock
  • cormorant
  • finch
  • warbler
  • Emperor moth
  • mining bee
  • parasitic sand wasp
  • all 6 British reptiles


There is very limited parking on roads near this reserve.  


Your dog must be on a short lead during bird breeding: 1 March to 31 July every year, and when livestock is near. Remember to keep your dog under close control and to pick up after it.

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Page last updated: 01 August 2019
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