Poole Estuary ©RSPB

Dorset Reserves

Each of the following links lead to a BFA assessment of the reserve by BFA members and others, using the BFA formALL types of mobility problem are assumed so there are details of path surfaces, gradients and distances as well as benches and hide details.

Abbotsbury Swannery (Abbotsbury Tourism Ltd)

Lodmoor RSPB Reserve (RSPB)

Portland Bird Observatory (Portland Bird Observatory and Field Centre)

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (RSPB)


Dorset Mobility Scooter Provision

The following sites have mobility scooters for hire… it is ALWAYS wise to enquire in advance to ensure one is available:


Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ

Arne RSPB, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ reserve is a 563.4 hectares nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, maintained by the RSPB and located in Dorset. It was notified as an SSSI in 1986. There is a variety of special wildlife to see. In summer look out for Dartford warblers nesting in the heather, nightjars flying at dusk and as many as 22 species of colourful dragonflies. The reserve overlooks Poole Harbour where you can watch thousands of wading birds, ducks and geese including avocets, black-tailed godwits and brent geese in winter. Ospreys are regularly seen on migration in late summer and in autumn. They have 1 Tramper and can be called on 01929 553360 or E-mail

Avon Heath Country Park

Avon Heath Country Park, Brocks Pine, St. Leonards, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2DH  is a park run by Dorset County Council. It boasts 580 acres of internationally important heathland and is home to unique and rare wildlife. Some of the rarer species to look out for are Sand Lizards and Smooth Snakes, Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks, Nightjars and Silver-studded Blue butterfly, Yellow Bartsia, Deptford Pinks and carnivorous sundews. Enjoy a visit by exploring one of the miles of way marked tracks and Heathland Discovery Centre. The gravel and sandy tracks have slight inclines. One gravel track of ¾ mile is designed to be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs (depending on the individual users). They have 1 Tramper and can be contacted by telephone 01425 478470 E-mail

Durlston Country Park Dorset County Council

Durlston Country Park,Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL is a 1.13 square kilometre country park and National Nature Reserve stretching along the coast of the Isle of Purbeck at Durlston near Swanage in Dorset. They have 2 Trampers and can be booked by telephone 01929 424443 or E-mail

Holton Lee

Livability Holton Lee, East Holton, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JN is a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of beautiful and tranquil Dorset countryside. Hidden in the heart of a SSSI nature reserve, visitors are invited to discover opportunities personal growth through access to creative activities and connecting with nature. They have 5 Trampers so are perfect for you to go to try one out, and they can be contacted on 01202 625562.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, Main Road, Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5RQ has 1 Tramper for hire. Bookings can be made by telephone 01929 400587 or E-mail

Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET or officially Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, is a Country Park situated in Ashley Heath, Dorset on the border with Hampshire. There are 13 disabled parking spaces in the first car park loop, near to the ice cream kiosk. There are many paths and way-marked trails at Moors Valley covering a range of terrain and habitats. Some routes are more accessible than others. Please contact the Rangers if you would like to discuss which of the paths may be most suitable to your needs. They have 2 Trampers and can be contacted by telephone 01425 470721 or E-mail

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