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Branksome Dene Chine

Steep wooded valleys, heathland and ridges next to Branksome Dene Chine beach.

At around 5.2ha, Branksome Dene Chine nature reserve is the largest semi-natural area in the Poole Bay Cliffs wildlife corridor.

The site is a Geological Site of Scientific Interest as it shows large exposures of river valley development.

Although much of the reserve’s shrub layer is dominated by dense stands of rhododendron and laurel, a variety of tree species and small areas of remnant heathland are visible.

News and events are available on the Poole's heathland Facebook page.


The nature reserve can be reached from Pinewood Road, Cassel Avenue and the beach. The nearest postcode is BH13 6JT.


There’s a pay and display car park on site.


Dogs must be on a short lead when livestock is near and during the bird breeding season from 1 March to 31 July. At other times dogs must be under close control.


Narrow, steep-sided pine and deciduous wooded valleys with lowland heathland and cliff faces.

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