A site brimming with wildlife and sense of the wild. Fun for all the family with new sights, sounds and smells to enjoy throughout the year.

An important wildlife refuge

This gem of a nature reserve is nestled away in countryside of West Dorset. A visit at any time of the year will not disappoint.

In early spring the woodlands are alive with birdsong, bluebells and wild daffodils. Then spotted orchids and uncommon wildflowers begin to appear along the edges of the disused railway – a great spot for seeing butterflies and dragonflies. As summer days pass, fruits and fungi come alive and the sound of rutting deer echoes through the woods.

Learn more about the wildlife on this reserve from Dorset Wildlife Trust.

(c) Tony Gill

An old railway

Look out for relics of the railway. You might see old metal fence posts, gates, strainers and bridges. The one time ‘ganger’s’ hut for railway workers can still be seen, though refurbished after a fire. It supports the bats that roost in the summer.

(c) Tony Gill

Walks around the reserve

Short (approx 1 hour) and Long (approx 2 hours) routes are available to follow through a Dorset Wildlife Trust guide. If you have time, walk to the highest point on the reserve and enjoy panoramic views towards the coastline.

After a nice day out at Powerstock Common, head to Dorset Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Kingcombe, which is only 2 miles away. Handily this place has parking, a small information area, toilets and a cafe. You’ll feel completely immersed in the charms of rural Dorset. This is a spot for full relaxation.

Powerstock Common (c) Tony Gill