Dorset Bird Watching & Wildlife

Dorset is one of the premier counties in the south of England for providing opportunities to enjoy nature while on holiday. The RSPB has several reserves, the Arne Peninsular is a fine example and Dorset is well known as a major stepping point on the route of migratory birds as is Portland Bill a Mecca for bird watchers.
Dorset Coastal Cottages is a supporter of the Dorset Wildlife Trust and you can also contribute to their excellent work via a donation on our Booking Form. They maintain a variety of Wildlife Reserves throughout the county including the Purbeck Marine Nature Reserve at Kimmeridge Bay and Brownsea Island two of many that are close to Dorset Coastal Cottages.
The other charity supported by Dorset Coastal Cottages is the Jurassic Coast. The educational work undertaken brings to life the amazing fossil record, especially at Lyme Regis/Charmouth but also along the glorious 90 odd miles between there and Swanage/Studland.

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RSPB Nature Reserve Arne DorsetRSPB Nature Reserve, Arne, Poole Harbour

The RSPB nature reserve in Arne is a nature lover and bird watching paradise. The reserve is a vast expanse of heath and woodland bordering on Poole Harbour. The area is famed for the diverse birdlife. Twitchers are well catered for with hides scattered all over the area in opportunistic locations. The Arne peninsular is popular in all of the seasons due to unique visitors and prolific mating seasons. A particularly popular time is Autumn for the Sika deer rutting season, where the stags posture about with their herds and an array of winter migrant species that pass through. Book one of our fabulous self catering holiday cottages in the area for a perfect nature filled holiday.
The RSPB Nature Reserve in Arne


Jurassic Safaris DorsetJurassic Safaris, Dorset

Spend a day on your Dorset Holiday off the beaten track exploring beautiful parts of the Jurassic Coast with Jurassic Safaris. This is a fantastic family friendly activity to book whilst on your self catering holiday with us in Dorset. The Land Rover seats 6 people (min of 4 in a booking) so it’s perfect for everyone to go along and kids will love the off-roading through fords and over the unpaved tracks. The tours cover all areas of Dorset including The Isle of Purbeck, Portland, Lyme Regis and Golden Cap. This is a fantastic and unique way get off the beaten track and enjoy the rural heart of Dorset. It is also excellent for wildlife spotting along the way!
Book a 4×4 Safari with Jurassic Safaris
Tel: 01305 772 324


Kimmeridge Kayak SafarisDorset Wildlife Trust & Kimmeridge Kayak Safaris

Due to it’s unique geology Kimmeridge Bay has an underwater eco-system quite unlike anywhere else in Dorset. The Dorset Wildlife Trust, of whom we are very proud sponsors, have an excellent Marine information centre by the boat ramp close to the waters edge which has interactive displays and aquaria perfect for all ages. Beneath the waves in Kimmeridge is fantastic for both snorkellers and divers alike with signposted underwater nature trails through the different sea bed habitats. If you don’t fancy getting your hair wet (you still might!) then join a guide for the excellent Kayak Safaris across the bay with clear bottomed kayaks these are ideal for viewing the giant aquarium beneath you.
Kimmeridge Kayak Safaris and Dorset Wildlife Trust


Abbotsbury Swannery, West DorsetAbbotsbury Swannery, West Dorset

The picturesque village of Abbotsbury lies on the coast road halfway between Bridport and Weymouth on the edge of Chesil beach. It is the only place in the world where you have the opportunity to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting mute swans. The swannery is a fabulous destination for wildlife enthusiasts both young and old and is particularly popular in spring when the cygnets (baby swans) appear from their nest to take their first steps and paddle in the shallows. The sub-tropical gardens and children’s farm in Abbotsbury are also very popular and ideal to make a full day of your visit.
Abbotsbury Swannery
Tel: 01305 871 858