Site Review: Worgret Heath, Wareham, Dorset

Worgret Heath is heathland but with a difference! It has been improved for farming and so, whilst many heathland plants remain, the heather has gone to be replaced by grass. That said, it is grasland with an abundance of flowers, especially buttercups of various kinds in spring and early summer.

Not a large area but it forms a pleasant walk in summer across the higher ground to the south of the River Piddle that runs out in to Poole Harbour to the north of Wareham. It is mixture of fine pasture and some damper areas where various wet species of flora thrive.

You can get to Worgret Heath by parking at the end of Streche Road in wareham, just past the hospital and walking down the gravel track alongside wareham Common and the,just under the road bridge turn left and follow the footpath. Once you get away from the road it is a very peaceful walk with many rewards.

See more photographs and a species list here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/sites/worgret-heath

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