An ideal place to re-connect with nature
Wareham Forest is a special place, requiring special care. Throughout the winter, work will be taking place to restore bogs and wetlands across the Forest. These areas provide vital habitats for many creatures and support a wealth of rare and diverse plant life. They also play an important role in maintaining the health of the Forest and absorbing carbon.
The works are being carried out by local partners and are part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme overseen by Natural England.
During this time, please take special care when visiting. There may be extra branches or other material on tracks and pathways, and large machinery will be operating and moving around the area. Please look out for special signage providing more information and guidance on diversions.
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.