Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve is approximately three miles north east of Poole Town Centre. It is made up of parts of Bourne Bottom and Bourne Valley Park (formerly known as Alderney Recreation Ground). A cycle track is accessible from Bloxworth Road. Walkers can access the Reserve's footpaths via Keyes Close, Evering Avenue, Turbary Close, Bloxworth Road or Astbury Avenue.
Parts of the Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of their special heathland wildlife and visitors are often able to enjoy glimpses of sand lizards and Dartford Warblers. The variety of heath on the slopes and valleys of Bourne Valley can look spectacular and it is a wonderful location for both keen and amateur bird watchers. The area is renowned as one of the best sites in Dorset for dragonflies which abound in the small acidic pools on the wet heath.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Bourne Valley but we would ask that you please keep to the main pathways and cycleways during your visit and that you take your litter home with you when you leave.
Ease of access for people with disabilities:
We encourage the use of all our facilities by everyone. Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how we could improve this facility for you.