Access: Holme Lane

Grid ref: SY 91449 85538

Ownership: Bond Estate

Designation: SSSI,SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead.

The Reserve

East Holme is 8 hectares of  mixed habitats split into two blocks by the Swanage railway line. The largest of the two blocks consists of a dry heath plateau grading down into an equally sized bog area. The main, heather dominated area of the reserve is bordered by mature deciduous woodland. The other half of the reserve located on the western side of the railway track is mainly dry heath and scrub. All six native species of reptile can be found on the reserve.

Species you might spot 


Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  

Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) 

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) 

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) 

Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) 

Adder (Vipera berus) 


This is by no means a comprehensive list of species on the reserve.