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Broadstone must be one of the luckiest 'urban' villages in the country. It has three large areas of protected green belt countryside to east, north and west, whilst to the south there are two fair sized lakes and it is only a mile to Poole Harbour. Most of these areas come under the control of the Countryside Section of Poole Leisure Services, who are responsible for the environmental management.

Canford Heath to the east, is an important remnant of Dorset's acid lowland heath. A large part of it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and like all the local heaths it supports protected species such as Sand Lizards and Smooth Snakes, as well as rare bird species such as Dartford Warbler and Nightjar.

To the north lies Delph Woods - originally part of the grounds of Delph House - which provides 23 acres of mixed woodland, and Corfe Hills, a 30 acre area of Dorset Heath. In between lies Broadstone Golf Club, a private club with a substantial site comprised of grassland, heath and trees. The club are advised by English Nature as to the best way to manage the area.

Upton Heath to the west, lies in the Purbeck district of Dorset, and most of the 500 acres of heath is managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust. It is a site of international importance, being a Special Protection Area as well as an SSSI. The two small lakes, Hatch Pond (9 acres) and Creekmoor (7 acres), have their own surrounding wooded margins, and offer a winter home for some of the visiting birds as well as normal resident water fowl and sea-birds.

Within the ward there is a moderately large recreation ground, with sports pitches to north and south, and a Local Nature Reserve, Broadstone Heath, in between.

If you would like to find out more about any of the sites managed by Poole Countryside Wardens, the number to ring is Poole 261336, or visit the Poole website, http://www.poole.gov.uk

For details regarding Upton Heath, ring DWT on 01305 264620, or the Warden Andy Fale on 07970 552679. Conservation Activity.

There are a number of local Conservation groups, that work on the local sites. Mainly the tasks are to restore and maintain the heathland, which has been steadily disappearing over the last 100 years, - only some 15% remains - but sometimes there is work to do on streams and ponds, or building bridges, fencing or board- walks.

Apart from the Countryside and Upton Heath numbers given above, other groups working locally include:-

Local Agenda 21 Mary Tibbles 574720
Friends of Broadstone Nature Reserve Dudley Hull 255076
Dorset Conservation Volunteers Audrey Duddell 431864
Herpetological Conservation Trust   391319
Canford Heath Heathwatch Kay Light 383162

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