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A visit to Arne near Wareham in Dorset, and we managed a few hours of sunshine before the rains came,this is a place I love to visit, and the sea of Purple and Blue Heathers was a delight.

Arne Wildlife
A vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland, sweeping down to the waters of Poole Harbour, featuring panoramic viewpoints and easy-to-use paths and trails.
Arne is a great place for a hearty family walk at all times of year,!
In summer, the landscape is dominated by swathes of purple heather, home to rare and unusual wildlife, while in winter flocks of waders and wildfowl swirl across the shallow waters of the harbour. Herds of sika deer can be seen all year round

For people new to birdwatching, Arne offers a chance to see the speciality birds found on heathlands like the Dartford warbler (all year) and the nightjar (summer only). The reserve’s location within Poole Harbour will allow you to get to grips with a variety of wading birds and wildfowl (ducks, geese and swans), the best times being during the spring/autumn passage and the winter months. Birds of prey are well represented, with peregrines, ospreys, and marsh and hen harriers seen regularly. A number of themed guided walks are run through the year to look for some of these birds.

Taken with an Olympus E520 DSLR Edited in Picasa 3
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  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Stunning, wonderful colours.

  • Cheers Colin, really happy you like it x

    – naturelover

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 2 years ago

    such a stunning heather filled scene – beautifully captured

  • Hi Maggie,thanks loads for the super comment x

    – naturelover

  • Fara
    Faraover 2 years ago

    Love areas like this but I cannot capture them the way you have done…………………………..really nice Pauline……………………….Joyce

  • You are very kind Joyce, thank you so much x

    – naturelover

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 2 years ago

    Spectacular capture…what a heavenly place!

  • A beautiful place to walk,in the country but by the sea also, thanks so much Lynn x

    – naturelover

  • michelmc
    michelmcover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Pauline delicious colours….however the very colour of the heather suggests that Autumn is very close to making an entrance

  • Heather can bloom for a very long time Michael, I refuse to agree that Autumn is on the way:(, but thanks for the lovely comment! x

    – naturelover

  • TracyD
    TracyDover 2 years ago

    Awww definately a whim of homesickness!

  • Hi Tracy, you didn’t go there did you? next time maybe, glad you like it, thanks loads xx

    – naturelover

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Pauline!

  • You are so kind Arfan,thanks for the visit and super comment

    – naturelover

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank you so very much Larry x

    – naturelover

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