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Town Common Dunyeats Hill Nature Reserve
Grid Reference SZ 01549 96434
Higher Hyde Heath
Dunyeats Hill Nature Reserve is a small area of heath with an acid pond at the base situated on the western side of Gravel Hill, the main road into Poole from Wimborne. This is very much an urban reserve with plenty of noise from passing traffic and regular dog walkers and if you can ignore these you will be rewarded with a microcosm of what the Dorset lowland heaths have to offer.

The Bulrushes are especially rewarding with an annual mass emergence of Emperor, an ideal environment for Hairy Dragonfly and the perfect habitat for Migrant Hawkers late season. The heath itself throw up Black Darter, Common Emerald and Black-tailed Skimmer.

Park at the small lay-by and go through the gate to reach the pond.

Key Species
Southern Hawker Migrant Hawker Emperor Hairy Dragonfly Downy Emerald
Black Darter Common Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser Black-tailed Skimmer
Azure Common Blue Red-eyed Large Red Common Emerald
Town Common Index Higher Hyde Heath
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