Moors Valley Country Park

Well known country park

This well known country park has lots going on, but you can also find quieter areas away from the visitor centre.

Site Details

Between Wimborne and Ringwood, East Dorset


Butterfly species include

  • Essex Skipper
  • Small and Large Skipper
  • Green-veined White
  • Orange Tip
  • Purple Hairstreak (low numbers)
  • Speckled Wood
  • Marbled White (variable numbers)
  • Ringlet (pictured right)
Moth species -  
Other species


  • Grey heron, great crested grebe, mute swan and many other species are resident
  • Tufted Ducks, Pochard and Teal are just some of the winter visitors.
  • Nightjars


  • Over 20 species of dragonfly and damselflies



Habitat type/features

A mixture of habitats including coniferous forest, deciduous woodland, lakes, ponds, rivers, meadow and heathland. 750 acres in total.


Grid Reference: SU 107/057

The park is off the A31 between Wimborne and Ringwood: it is signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout at the junction of the A31 and A338, between Ringwood and St Leonards.

Owned by

A joint venture by East Dorset District Council and the Forestry Commission.

Note that it is closed in the evening: see for opening times, car parking charges and more information.