RSPB Nature Reserve – Arne

One of the best discoveries we have made since moving to Dorset is the stunning RSPB Nature Reserve at Arne.  On site, there is a small RSPB office where you can sign up to a range of membership deals if you so wish. If you decide not to join the RSPB, car parking costs £2.50 for 2 hours and £5 for over 2 hours. I would say that 2 hours isn’t really long enough to fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings so would recommend the £5 option.

There are a number of different routes you can take through the reserve. We tend to take the red route as it is the quickest way through the forest. On the way, you are greeted with some lovely natural play areas which our little boy loves to explore.

Once you are through the forest, this is the amazing sight you will see!

This lovely stretch of beach gives stunning views across to Brownsea Island (another day out on the list) and over to Poole. It’s like a hidden treasure and a gorgeous place to settle down for a picnic or BBQ.

On our most recent visit, TJ made a little ‘seascape’ picture by collecting bits and pieces and gluing them onto a piece of paper. He absolutely loved it!


We spent a good hour or so on the beach, eating some lunch and building sandcastles before we started the return journey back through the forest. Imagine our absolute delight when we  turned a corner and were greeted with this magnificant sight!

It was just amazing to be able to get so close to these beautiful creatures and to be able to watch them nibble their way around the area. We stopped and watched for a brief while before continuing our route back to the car park.

We just had time for TJ to collect items to make a little ‘forestscape’ to match his ‘seascape’ before heading home for the day.

We absolutely love visiting Arne and plan to go again very soon.



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