What we do Conservation Our reserves Dunyeats Access: Gravel Hill Road Grid ref: SZ 01592 96510 Ownership: ARC Designation: SSSI, SAC,SPA, Ramsar Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead. The Reserve Dunyeats consists of 40 hectares of mainly dry heath and dwarf gorse mix which is typical of many of the Poole heathland reserves. This type of structure is perfect habitat for smooth snakes, added to this a large south facing slope dominates a large part of the reserve. All of these factors combined make Dunyeats an excellent site for reptiles. Other habitats on the reserve include a large acidic pond at the base of the southern slope which is fed by a bog/mire which cuts across the south edge of the site, this is home to palmate and smooth newt and a large amount of common odonata species. The north east corner of the reserve holds a further two more ponds, hidden in the mainly coniferous woodland these well established neutral water bodies are home to grass snake and Kingfisher A Little History Dunyeats would have once been part of the much larger Canford Heath, but is now separated from that site by by Gravel Hill Road. A recent housing development on the western edge and a school and a cemetery on the northern boundary complete the isolation of this heathland fragment; a common case amongst our Dorset heaths. Species you might spot: Reptiles. Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) Adder (Vipera berus) Amphibians. Common Toad (Bufo bufo) Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) Common Frog (Rana temporaria) Birds. Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) Hobby (Falco subbutteo) Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) Butterflies. Silver Studded Blue (Plebejus argus) Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) Grayling (Hipparchia semele) Dragonflies. Southern Hawker (Aeshna cynea) Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Lestes dryas) This is by no means a comprehensive list of species on the reserve.