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Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve

Buttercups & Ragged Robin

A striking tract of unspoilt countryside spanning the full width of the valley of the River Hooke and surrounding the Kingcombe Centre.

The 185 hectare reserve is managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust as a working farm, grazed by cows & sheep, using traditional methods without artificial fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. The result is a patchwork of fields & unimproved grassland, broken up by thick hedges, streams, ponds, ancient green lanes & wooded areas.
Wildlife interest

  • Typical wildflowers in woodland & marshy areas.
  • Grassy meadows support many common species and also lady's mantle, corky-fruited water dropwort, pepper saxifrage, devil's-bit scabious & knapweed.
  • Butterflies include varieties of skipper & fritillaries
  • Birds abound with visiting summer warblers and woodland birds


There is a marked trail across the reserve which can be followed as a short or a long circular walk. There is also a marked tramper route, suitable for powered disabled vehicles, when ground conditions allow.

More information

Read the Warden's wildlife tweets and other information on the Dorset Wildlife Trust website