Alder Hills LNR
Designated site name: Alder Hills LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Type:  Biological
County: DORSET Natural England Area Team: Wessex (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Bourne Valley SSSI Dorset Heathlands SPA Dorset Heaths SAC
Date of Declaration: 21/08/1993 Declaring Authority: Poole Borough Council
Area (Ha): 4.31 Grid Reference: SZ 062 931
Owned By:  Borough of Poole Managed By:  Borough of Poole (Dorset Wildlife Trust no longer manage the site)
Location: Alder Road, Branksome. BH12 1PN
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

Situated off the main A3040 Alder Road. Access from the end of Sharp Road, Parkstone, or Sainsburys car park, Alder Hills.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Dry and humid heath, wildlife pond, fringing carr woodland. This unusual reserve is set in the middle of a highly urban area, and the large pond is itself an industrial relic, having developed from a flooded clay pit abandoned in 1948. The pond's remarkably pure water plays host to Newts, Frogs, Toads and 13 different species of Dragonfly. It's wildlife also includes a good variety of birds visiting to feed and nest around the pond. Kingfishers, Woodcock and Cormorants are known to use the site, and Finches and Warblers breed in the fringe of carr woodland around the water's edge. The heathland areas on the rising slope to the north of the pond are ideally situated to provide the warm sunny conditions loved by reptiles, and both the Smooth Snake and Sand Lizard may be seen basking here in the spring.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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