NNR Festival: Holt Heath guided walk

Join a National Trust Ranger for a guided walk of Holt Heath.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

Discover the fascinating history and nature of Holt Heath on this guided walk by a National Trust Ranger. The walk will be just over 3 miles and you will have the opportunity to discover what makes this area special and the work that the National Trust are doing to help nature thrive.

Holt Heath is an important lowland heath and is home to local plants including common heather, bell heather, cross-leaved heath, bog asphodel, sundews and marsh gentian. Birds include large populations of Dartford warbler, stonechat, curlew and nightjar. All six of Britain's reptile species are found here.

This event is part of the Festival of National Nature Reserves which is a celebration of people and nature, of National Nature Reserves past, present and future. The first National Nature Reserves in England were declared in 1952 and this year Natural England and partners are celebrating 70 years of NNRs, England's most important places for nature. This is part of a series of over 100 local events held from May to October which will be inviting people to discover nature in exciting ways. National Nature Reserves are essential for nature's recovery, and are at the heart of the developing nature recovery network in England.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Meeting point
Park at White Sheet car park, Holt Heath, Near Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7DB.
What to bring and wear
• Ideally wear long trousers and sturdy walking boots • Bring any food and drink needed • Come prepared for forecasted weather i.e. wet weather clothing / sun cream and sun hat
Access will be along heathland paths so accessibility will be limited.

Contact Info

Kingston Lacy
Call 01202 883402

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