Ownership: Dorset Wildlife Trust / ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead.

Access: Sandy Lane and Shore Ln

Grid ref: SY 97513 92862 & SY 97929 92447

The Reserve

Lytchett Heath is split into three blocks totalling 24 hectares. The largest of the three consists of a range of habitats including dry heath, humid heath, and reedbed. The second block located to the east is smaller in size and its habitat mirror that of its larger neighbour. The final block is the smallest and consists entirely of reedbed. The heath and scrub areas of the reserves, although small, hold large populations of sand lizards and adders. All six reptile species are to found on each individual block. The three sites form the southern edge of Lytchett Bay making the reserves not only great for reptiles but a great place to see migrant birds and butterflies. Some other species of interest you might spot on the reserves included Dartford warbler, nightjar, marsh harrier, and merlin.

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) 


Common Toad (Bufo bufo) 

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) s

Common Frog (Rana temporaria) 


Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)


Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus)