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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
  • 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.
  • MSC fund to include Dorset project to protect threatened marine species 6th May 2020
    Grants totalling more than £650,000 have been awarded to fisheries and research projects around the world, working to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies (see full list below). Dorset has been included in fifteen fisheries and research projects around the world which will receive up to £50,000 each from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)’s Ocean […]
  • First barn owl chick hatches live on Dorset Wildlife Trust webcam 6th May 2020
    Yesterday evening (5th May) the first of five barn owl chicks hatched live on the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) webcam. The remaining four eggs are expected to hatch any day now and over the bank holiday weekend.
RSS News – Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • 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 […]
  • The effect of coronavirus on nature and the environment 27th March 2020
    The effect of coronavirus on nature and the environment. Coronavirus is having an unprecedented effect on everyday life in ways we couldn’t imagine.
  • Annual Forum 2020 9th March 2020
    Dorset LNP Annual Forum 2020 - programme and presentations now available,
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