Ownership: ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

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

Access: Higher Blandford Road

Grid ref: SY 99866 96645

The Reserve

Corfe Hills East is 7.8 hectares of mainly dry heath and dwarf gorse, habitat typical of the heathland reserves located within the Poole basin. The area as a whole is known as Corfe Hills or Broadstone Golf Course and is separated into three major blocks, with the central and southern areas managed by Poole Borough Council.

A Little History

Corfe Hills would have once been a continuous stretch of heath but since the creation of Broadstone Golf Course in 1859 the area was fragmented into the three blocks that remain today. This area of heath would of also linked up to the nearby Dunyeats reserve and continued on to Canford Heath.

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) 


Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)

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