The RSPB nature reserve at Arne is perfect for either a short stroll through the woodland or a full day out walking and exploring. You can discover stunning expanses of rugged heathland and even small bays of Poole Harbour with views across to the Purbeck Hills and Brownsea Island.

Woodland path at Arne nature reserve

Person standing on log in forest

The resident herd of sika deer can be seen grazing in the field as you walk by, or may even roam onto the path as they are used to humans here.

There is also a plethora of other wildlife on the reserve and if you’re not a seasoned ornithologist or would like to know more about hedgehogs, mushrooms or sand lizards, the RSPB team hold regular interactive events and guided walks.

A visitor centre and cafe for coffees, cakes and light lunches can be found a short walk from the car park.

Dumbledore trail at Arne Nature Reserve

There are trails and year-round events aimed at children at Arne


The on-site car park is free for RPSB members or £5 for the day. There is a secondary overflow car park to cater for the busier days.