I love living in Dorset as we are just a few minutes from the beach, New Forest and spectacular countryside that stretches as far as the eye can see.
We are often out and about exploring everything our county has to offer, but what is on our doorstep?
We live in a semi-rural location, with farmland that joins onto the side of the school field and are often greeted by horses on the school run, but as we are not dog walkers we have only taken a stroll up the path that leads onto Canford Heath a handful of times, despite being just a few minute walk from our house.
Yesterday I decided to take Sebastian up there to see what we could find as Canford Heath is one of the largest remaining areas of heathland in Dorset retaining the atmosphere of a wilderness. The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected because the of the special wildlife which includes all the British reptile species and rare birds such as the Dartford Warbler and Nightjar. Wetter areas provide a home for a range of dragonflies and special plants adapted to the wet conditions.
I cannot pretend we saw any special wildlife as we didn’t get very far onto the heath, although we did hear some woodpeckers drumming on the trees. Sebastian was excited to see the horses in the field as we walked past as they came over to say hello.
I was keen to head further onto the Heath but Sebastian had other ideas, preferring to head into the woods where he struggled to decide which stick would be best for him to carry.
It was lovely spending time exploring and seeing what we could find. Sebastian was especially fascinated by a fallen tree and a squirrel that kept coming over to see what we were up to.
We spent a good couple of hours exploring, digging holes with our sticks and watching the nesting birds. Next time I am going to take the kids up there on our bikes as there are nice wide tracks to cycle on and see how more more of the heath we can explore.
Do you have an interesting place to visit on your doorstep?