Size : 4 hectares

Ownership: ARC

Designation: SSSI, SAC, 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: Sugar Hill, Wareham

Grid ref: SY 88166 91118

A dry sandy heathland site home to all six native reptiles.

The Reserve

Trigon East is a dry heath with an exposed dry sandy substrate. The reserve is a continuation of South West Hyde managed on behalf of the Forestry Commission. Trigon East was taken on by ARC from the British Herpetological Society in 2001.

What to see: 

All six native species of reptile can be found on the reserve. It is a particularly good place to view sand lizards (Lacerta agilis). The Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) and Adder (Vipera berus) are also present. 

Migrant birds are also prevelant on the reserve such as the Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) and Hobby (Falco subbutteo).