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The Countryside of Dorset

Discover the countryside of Dorset on holiday or on your doorstep


Dorset AONB
Covering over 40% of the county, the Dorset AONB includes some of the most dramatic and varied scenery in the country.

Countryside, coast and parks
Rights of way, walking, parks, coast & beaches and more on the council website.

The New Forest National Park
Discover Wildlife, Woodlands & Coastline on the official tourism site.

Dorset Wildlife Trust
Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserves are great places to see wildlife, often in the most picturesque parts of Dorset.

The South West Coast Path
Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience.

Jurassic Coast Trust
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset.

Dorset Environmental Records Centre
Collates, stores and makes available information about Dorset's wildlife.

Dorset Walks
A vast collection of walks, free to download and print.

Studland Nature Reserve, Dorset
Studland Nature Reserve, Dorset

Sponsored Listings

Rural Retreats in Dorset

Rustic traditional cottages and converted barns, contemporary design properties, lighthouse cottages at Anvil Point and more, to suit all budgets and numbers of visitors.

Dorset Hideaways

Beautiful cottages and self catering accommodation in stunning locations in the Dorset countryside and on the Jurassic coast. Prices from affordable to luxury and for all size parties from the solo traveller to larger parties. Special Offers go up to 20% off. 

Latest News

RSS Dorset WT News
  • New report shows how we can all take Action for Insects in Dorset 9th July 2020
    The Wildlife Trusts have published a new report ‘Reversing the Decline of Insects’ which shows how people in every part of society, wherever they live, can take action to bring back declining insects.
  • Response to Britain’s ‘new deal’: Nature must be at the heart of the economic recovery 3rd July 2020
    Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) welcomes recent government announcements to invest in local nature conservation projects. However, there is deep concern about the threat to environmental regulations and massive spending on roads at a time when serious investment in nature could address the greatest emergencies of our time – climate change and nature loss – as […]
  • Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure 15th May 2020
    Beavers create thriving ecosystems helping us to put nature firmly back on the road to recovery. The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Beaver Strategy for England which would provide a roadmap to monitor how they can increase healthy and thriving beaver populations in catchments, agree management frameworks with stakeholders and monitor their benefits scientifically.
RSS News – Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • Draft Dorset Ecological Network Mapping 30th June 2020
    DERC has undertaken a review of the Dorset Ecological Network Maps for Dorset LNP and we are undertaking an informal engagement on the draft maps below. We welcome comments on the maps until end of Wednesday 15 July. A revision to the guidance document is being finalised. The Maps will be fed into the evidence […]
  • On Homeworking 26th June 2020
    Ian Alexander – Natural England I’m not imagining the day when I’ll pay a virtual visit to my barber but for many businesses Covid-19 has forced them to rethink how their staff work and, for some, the answer has been ‘from home’. Change is predominantly driven when better technology drives out the old.  The Stone […]
  • Planning for nature’s recovery 27th April 2020
    Tom Munro – Dorset AONB Manager It’s a couple of months since the annual Dorset Local Nature Partnership Forum in early March, and it’s been a time in which so much of our human world has changed unrecognisably.  The simple act of gathering in number to shape and support nature’s recovery in Dorset now feels […]
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