An ideal place to re-connect with nature
Forestry England would like to thank Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, for their swift action in dealing with the fire on the land they manage at Wareham Forest on Monday 6 September.
The fire has destroyed 7,000m2 of precious heathland and damaged mature trees in the centre of Wareham Forest, near Decoy Heath. Forestry England’s local team are currently on site dampening down hot spots of fire.
The fire damage and risk of further fires mean Forestry England are asking people to stay away from this area at this time.
A spokesperson for Forestry England’s Dorset team, said:
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the outdoors, however, the current dry conditions have increased the risk of fires in the forest and wider countryside, so we are reminding everyone to take extra care when visiting forests. It’s important that people do not have open camp fires or barbeques and extinguish cigarettes properly.”
Wareham Forest is a great place to explore and discover the famous heaths and woods of the Dorset countryside.
Many miles of tracks take you through beautiful and ancient landscapes, where if you are lucky you’ll see some of its special wildlife. This area is home to lots of very special plants and animals. The cycle trail takes its names from the famous Sika deer and the walking trail is named after the rare ground-nesting birds, Woodlarks, who's lovely song you may hear on your walk.
Parts of Wareham Forest are grazed in a way that is sensitive to its plants and wildlife. This traditional practice is helping to create a varied habitat for wildlife. Please do not approach the cattle too closely and keep your dogs under close control and close gates behind you.
All the forests we look after have a forest plan which provides descriptions of the area and shows the process Forestry England goes through when deciding what is best for the woodlands in the long term. We aim to protect, improve and expand our forests through active management, so that we can protect our woodlands against pests and diseases, support our wood processing industries, maintain and improve the biodiversity of forests and make them attractive places for people to visit.
The Forest Plan for Wareham is due to be reviewed again very soon and we will welcome the opportunity to work with local people, neighbours and nature charities to frame the future landscape for Wareham Forest.
Further information about the current Forest Plan
At a glance
- Walking trail
- Well behaved dogs welcome