February 2022 update

The end of the project is on the horizon, and lots of works have been completed ready for the release of animals onto the Grazing Unit later in the spring.

Arne cattle grids (c) John Ferguson

Progress on Infrastructure

  • All cattle grid bypass gates fitted and speed limit signage installed
  • All fencing complete including joining up to cattle grids, creating the external boundary of the unit
  • Three substantial forestry gates fitted
  • Parking areas created along the Hartland-Norden road to minimise the amount of ad-hoc parking on sensitive land along other parts of the road
Traffic sign Arne (c) John Ferguson

Slow Down! New Maximum Speed of 20mph signs have been installed.

New forestry gate at Arne (PHGU) (c) John Ferguson

One of three new recently installed forestry gates.

New parking area along Hartland - Norden road (c) John Ferguson

New parking bays have been created to ensure the verges are preserved for wildlife.

Ecological Monitoring

  • Data monitoring arrangements refined and a monitoring calendar established for future ecological monitoring
  • Extra ‘trail’ cameras purchased and deployed across parts of the Unit by Bournemouth University to enhance ecological monitoring

Tourism & Engagement

  • Sustainable Tourism Plan co-created with local businesses and stakeholders launched at a RSPB hosted event
  • Website launched for Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve (NNR)
  • Updated NNR leaflet published and available through multiple locations
  • Interpretation signage being installed in March at key access points around the NNR
Purbeck Heaths - Sustainable Tourism Plan launch event 09/03/2022 (c) John Ferguson
Silka Deer at Arne


Visit the new Purbeck Heaths Website – full of information on how best to explore the Nature Reserve and get the best out of your visit in a nature friendly way.


Download the new leaflet & map to help you plan your visit to  the Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve.

(c) Kai Bossom

Sustainable Tourism Plan

To help care for the Purbeck Heaths, manage tourism and balance the needs of the local community, stakeholders have worked together to produce a Sustainable Tourism Plan for the area.