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Turbary Common

A small relic of the once extensive heathland that covered most of southeast Dorset.

One of our most important nature reserves, Turbary common is the largest area of heathland in north Bournemouth and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Habitats at the site include scrub, wooded areas and wet and dry heath. It’s the heathland which makes this site so important.

There are many rare and important wildlife species that live here, including Dartford warblers, long-winged conehead crickets and all six species of British reptile. Plants include the bog asphodel and carnivorous sundew.

The Turbary Common onsite information board has details of wildlife and plants on the site.

There are occasional guided walks throughout the year at Turbary Common.

The Turbary Common management plan has more details about how we manage this important heathland site.


There are some sandy and hard-surfaced paths on the site. A few paths can be muddy, so check the weather conditions.

Several areas are suitable for wheelchairs, but you will need a RADAR key to open the gates. Email for more information.

We use livestock grazing to help us manage the site, so please keep dogs under close control when passing these animals.

Getting there

You can see the location of Turbary Common on our map, as well as the other nature reserves and parks in Bournemouth.

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