Discover the story behind the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ for the RSPB Arne peninsular

Beth Markey

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Sunset over heathland at RSPB Arne nature reserve

Discover the story behind the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ for the RSPB Arne peninsular

Photo credit: Chris Gomersall (

The RSPB is inviting people to explore Hyde’s Heath to uncover its unique history, and how it has changed from conifer plantation to the diverse wildlife hub that it is today.

Dorset has some of the best remaining parts of heathland in the country and RSPB Arne’s Uncover Hyde’s Heath walks are an opportunity to learn more about the history and rare species that call it home. Times and dates are below. 

Samuel Wrobel, RSPB Arne Visitor Experience Volunteer, said: “heathland habitat is rarer than rainforest! Our newest area of heathland – Hyde’s Heath is playing a big part in joining up neighbouring areas of heathland as it is transformed from uniform conifer plantation to a beautiful expanse of heather. However, the history of this area goes way beyond that from its use during World War II, as a key component to Dorset and the UK’s defence, to the current vital conservation work.”

Samuel continues: “we’ll head up onto the heathland, with stunning views of Poole Harbour and the surrounding Purbecks. From there we can enjoy the morning chorus of the many species that already call this young heathland home as our team uncover the secrets of this special, and integral, area of Arne.”

“With spring in the air we’ll be on the lookout for the woodlark. This is the best time of the year to see them, as during March woodlarks are busy establishing their territories. They do this by ‘out singing’ each other with their distinctive trilling song for the best breeding spots. We’ll then finish up at 11:30am with tea or filter coffee in the RSPB Arne café, which is included in the price.”

The Hyde’s Heath Uncovered walks will be running from 09:30am on Thursday 12 and 19 March. For full information visit:

Event Details

Dates: Thursday 12 and 19 March.

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Cost: £10 RSPB Member, £12.50, Non-RSPB member.

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For more information, photos and to arrange an interview please contact:

Samuel Wrobel, Visitor Experience Residential Volunteer,  01929 553360

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB Arne Work Centre, Arne, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ

Tel: 01929 553360 or UK Headquarters Tel: 01767 680551 Website:

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