Ramsdown Forest and the adjoining area known as Town Common is a large
area of heath split by the busy A338 dual carraigeway between Ringwood
and Bournemouth.The section alongside the road is a prime
spot for Scarce Chaser due to the close proximity of the River Avon.
The heath contains a small rise where the heather is ideal refuge for the
Scarce Chaser and many hawkers, including the elusive Brown Hawker. Golden-ringed and Emperor also choose this area
as a prime roosting spot, especially during their maturing
Within the heath are several small seasonal ponds which are ideal for observing
and photographing Common Emerald, Small Red, Black Darter, Black-tailed Skimmer,
Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chaser, Emperor and even the occasional
Moorland (Common) Hawker.
Park at the
recycling area in Hurn.