Ownership: Bond Estate

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Strictly No Access – dangerous site. MoD live firing.

Access: Holme Lane

Grid ref: SY 91185 84957

The Reserve

Holme Mount is 24 hectares of dry heath grading down to humid heath and back to dry. The dryer areas of the reserve are home to sand lizards and the in the humid areas smooth snake, common lizards and grass snake can be found. In the centre of the reserve a large hill looks out towards the Purbecks, this area has recently been cleared of pine and is now in the restoration process to extend the dry heath area. The only access to the reserve is through a live MoD firing range, therefore is strictly prohibited. All six reptile species can be located on the reserve.

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)

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)


Silver Studded Blue (Plebejus argus)

Grayling (Hipparchia semele)

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