Canford Heath is one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in Dorset retaining the atmosphere of a wilderness. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and protected under UK law and European conservation directives.
The Heath's special wildlife includes all the British reptile species and rare birds such as the Dartford Warbler and Nightjar. Wetter areas provide a home for a range of dragonflies and special plants adapted to the wet conditions.
Special management of the Heath is necessary to maintain its conservation interest - self sown pine and birch trees would otherwise crowd out the characteristic heathers on which much of the special heathland wildlife depends.
Guided walks and other events on the heath are arranged by our Countryside Wardens and publicised locally.
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.