Size: 8 Ha

Ownership: Bond Estate

Designation: SSSI,SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead and keep to main paths. Horse riding and cycling is only permitted on statutory
bridleways. No camping or fires of any kind. 

Access: Holme Lane, Wareham BH20 6AP

Grid ref: SY 91449 85538

The Reserve

East Holme comprises 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.

What to see

All six native species of reptile can be found on the reserve. These are the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis);Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara);Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis); Grass Snake (Natrix natrix); Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) and the Adder (Vipera berus

Birdwatchers can enjoy sightings of the Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus); Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) and Hobby (Falco subbutteo).