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If you would like to leave an entry in our visitor book, please visit our community pages via the link at the bottom of this page.

Absolutely stunning - have been visiting near Swanage for over 30 years and never knew about Arne. The golden colours of autumn, glorious sunshine, clear blue skies, deer roaming freely, Poole Harbour in the distance. We enjoyed the 'long' walk and will return. Wonderful.

Richard Leach

Lots of great of great walks and bird sightings over the years. My favourite moments have been the osprey sightings... especially one flying over with a massive fish in its talons. The Dartford warblers are a joy to see. Still looking forward to seeing a harrier. I never tire of the splendour of the Arne reserve.

John Wareham

First time we have visited the reserve and it won't be the last - excellent reserve, brilliant day out. Avocets, spoonbills, brent geese, Dartfod Warbler and dozens of deer. We didn't want to come home. Keep up the good work.

Mike Townshend

Really well done Arne manage to come perhaps four times a year,just when I didn't think you could get any better you have. Really special team from the Warden right down to young helpers doing the stroll. You deserve some award the from RSPB.

Dennis Ames

I managed to push my mother around the reserve in a wheelchair, and although certain paths were not accessible, we managed to see a fair bit of the reserve. My mother used to walk in the New Forest everyday, and has missed getting out into the countryside. Arne gave her back that wonder and she was especially delighted when several deer came and stood next to us. A most peaceful and beautiful place.

Rachel Watling

We come back to this reserve every year, and it just gets better and better. There is so much to see at any time of the year. We have been here in every season and it never disappoints us. I haven't got a particular highlight as there has been so many, spoonbill in winter, dartford warblers in spring, nightjars in the summer, and all the rare migrants in the autumn.

Sally chambers

We have visited Arne numerous times and each visit has been special. Our last visit was extra special as there were very friendly RSPB 'wardens' with displays of flora and fauna of the area and they were only too happy to explain the different birds, insects and flowers that can be found on the heath. This place is a gem for young and old with not a traffic jam or shop to be seen!

Richard Johnson and son Drew

Arne nature reserve is a wonderful place, both me and my husband were sat in the car watching the birds feeding from the bird feeders in the car park - 'Wow' a real magical moment, the great spotted woodpecker was stealing the nuts and hiding them in the holes in the up-right of the bird table.

Helen and Anthony Spurrell

Arne has provided us with some of our best birdwatching moments - the balletic grace of flocks of avocets in flight, crossbills perched in a pine and many more. It's also a great place for other wildlife such as dragonflies and Sika deer.

Vincent Blood and Emily Cathcart

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.68888,-2.04102
  • Postcode: BH20 5BJ
  • Grid reference: SY971876
  • Nearest town: Wareham, Dorset
  • County: Dorset
  • Country: England

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