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Soak up the scents at RSPB Arne

Heritage Ability Locations


Equipment Available: 2 Trampers
  • Forest/Woodland
  • Moorland/Heathland
  • Nature Reserve
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Information centre
  • Cafe or shop
  • Dog friendly

This is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland. Arne is a fantastic place for family walks at any time of year and they have regular children's days that enable all the family to learn about the unique nature of the heaths. 

There is a variety of special wildlife to see. In summer look out for Dartford warblers nesting in the heather, nightjars flying at dusk and as many as 22 species of colourful dragonflies. The reserve overlooks Poole Harbour where you can watch thousands of wading birds, ducks and geese including avocets, black-tailed godwits and brent geese in winter. Ospreys are regularly seen on migration in late summer and in autumn. 

Accessible activities

Tramper hire - two all-terrain mobility scooters to help people with limited mobility access the outdoors. Provided through Countryside Mobility.

Large print format - designed to help people with visual impairments understand the history and stories at the site. Available now at Arne or by downloading below.

Easy read interpretation - a guide which details the history and stories behind the site in plain English, supported by imagery.  Available now from Arne's Welcome Hut or by clicking the image below.


Visual Guide - a guide to prepare you for your visit, detailing any unwelcome surprises. Download it by clicking the image below.

RSPB Arne Visual Guide

BSL Guided Tour - You can now enjoy the history and stories behind this place by borrowing a tablet loaded with British Sign Language videos at the site. You can also view them on our Heritage Ability Youtube channel using your own device. Make sure you’re subscribed!

Staff and volunteers have received Disability Awareness Training and Deaf Awareness Training.

Contact RSPB Arne


RSPB Arne, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ


01929 553360

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