Size: 3.14 hectares

Ownership: ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Strictly no public access, dangerous site.

Emergency Access: Lake drive

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Hamworthy fuel depot is a great example of undisturbed dry heath and part of the larger Hamworthy Common which is popular with holiday makers for its scenic
views.

The Reserve

Hamworthy fuel depot is a small piece of dry heath which is is unsuitable for public access. The reserve was once a re-fuelling depot for flying boats from around the 1930’s up to World War Two. During this period the large underground fuel storage reservoir located at the western end of the site took a direct hit from an attacking German bomber.

What to see

It remains a sanctuary for all six native reptile species : The sand lizard, common lizard, slow-worm, grass snake, smooth snake and adder. 

The site is located in the north west corner of Poole Bay, separated from it by
a large freshwater lake which is host to over twenty three species of insect
including the red-eyed damselfly, which makes the area ideal for supporting a population of common frogs and toads and palmate newts. The area is also used as a temporary stop off point for many different migrant species of bird including the Dartford warbler, hobby and nightjar.