A site with a variety of habitats, but important mainly for its heathland, which the Dorset Wildlife Trust is managing traditionally: the heather in full flower is a glorious wash of purple and buzzing with bees.
The main footpaths are generally easy going, and the walk to the top of the Barrow is worth it for the views, though if you go down the other side, take care.
Overlooked by Old Knowle, which is three round barrows. Excellent views from the top of the barrow.
For more info visit: Official
Tadnoll Heath website
Habitat and features
Heathland, plus grass rides and wet acid meadows.
What to see
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Dartford Warbler, Hobby, Dragonflies
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End of main ride with path going up the Barrow, Tadnoll Heath. Photo: Lyn Pullen
View from the top of the Barrow, Tadnoll Heath. Photo: Lyn Pullen
Shady area under trees, Tadnoll Heath. Photo: Lyn Pullen
Area being converted from farmed land to heathland, Tadnoll Heath. Photo: Lyn Pullen