What we do Conservation Our reserves Creech Heath Size: 80 hectares Ownership: Imerys Minerals Designation: SSSI, SPA, SAC, Ramsar Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead and keep to main paths. Horse riding and cycling is only permitted on statutorybridleways. No camping or fires. Active quarries adjacent to nature reserve. Access: Grange RoadBH20 5DG Grid ref: SY 91806 83915 An excellent large piece of heath located in a stunning surrounding over lookedby the Purbeck Ridge. A great place to visit to find some truly rare heathland species. The Reserve Creech heath is located in stunning surroundings of the Isle of Purbeck.The heath consists of a mixture of habitats including dry and wet heath, acid bog, mixed deciduous/coniferous woodland and willow carr. Many large ponds are also dotted around the site, with this variation of habitats the biodiversity of the reserve is unparalleled. The substrate of Creech mostly consists of clay, and use of the area for clay extraction dates back to the Bronze Age. It was the introduction of tobacco in the 16th century that began the clay trade as we know it today. In 1578 Thomas Brown purchased land at east Creech for the extraction of clay for the making of clay pipesfor tobacco consumption. In 1792 Josiah Wedgewood concluded that Purbeck BlueClay was the best in the world. He used it to create his world famous Queens Ware. What you can see: The extensive use of this site over the years has resulted in a varied topography, which coupled with the clay substrate has allowed the formation of many ponds, ditches and slopes which provide wonderful habitat for many species. Home to all six native reptile species and five out of the seven native amphibian species including the great crested newt. Creech is also home to a multitude of rare and endangered invertebrates including the rare Southern Damselfly. The reserve remains a stronghold for the Dartford warbler, Woodlark, Nightjar and Hobby; all European Protected Species.