Talbot Heath Nature Reserve

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Talbot Heath Local Nature Reserve is a 42-hectare heathland nature reserve located in Poole. It is part of the Bourne Valley, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, insects, and small mammals. Some of the birds that can be seen at Talbot Heath include the Dartford warbler, the nightjar, and the woodlark. The reserve is also home to a number of rare insects, such as the heath fritillary butterfly.

There are a number of walking trails through the reserve, ranging from easy to challenging. The trails offer stunning views of the heathland and the surrounding countryside.

Talbot Heath is located about 2 kilometers from Wallisdown. There is a footpath that connects the two areas. The reserve is also accessible from the Bourne Valley Nature Reserve, which is located about 1 kilometer to the north.

Here are some of the things you can do at Talbot Heath Nature Reserve:

  • Go for a walk or hike
  • Birdwatch
  • Insects spotting
  • Visit the wildflower meadows
  • Learn about the local wildlife
  • Have a picnic

Talbot Heath Local Nature Reserve is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. It is a valuable resource for wildlife and a popular spot for recreation.

Here are some additional things to know about Talbot Heath Local Nature Reserve:

  • The reserve is open from sunrise to sunset
  • Admission is free
  • Dogs are allowed on the trails, but they must be kept on a leash


There are entrances to Talbot Heath on Dalling Road, Winston Avenue, Mayford Road, Purchase Road, East Avenue and Branksome Hill Road. The nearest postcode is BH12 1QA. 


  • Talbot Heath
  • Dorset
  • BH12 1QA