I’m definitely feeling autumnal after this weekend. We headed over to a nature reserve located in Wareham, Dorset called Arne and it was beautiful.
As many people may already know, Arne is a popular destination to visit due to being the home to a substantial herd of sika deer and stags which roam the nature reserve.
With Autumn here, it’s now rutting season!
It’s highly recommend visiting this time of the year. You could catch a glimpse of the stags going head-to-head in an antler locking battle as they start to pursue the female doe.
Competition is incredibly high once rutting season starts, especially as the doe is only fertile for a day or less each year.
Arne is over 1000 acres of woodland, heathland and a quiet beach, all full of tranquility and beaming with nature’s beauty.
Overlooking Poole Harbour and the surrounding islands, Arne is the perfect place for a peaceful getaway.
We spent nearly three hours exploring and took the longest walk available, which takes you all around the perimeter but we included a few detours off the track.
£2.50 for under 2 hours. £5.00 for over two hours.
FREE for RSPB members.
The cafe is open everyday from 9:30-4:30 pm.
The shop is open from 9:30-5:00 pm everyday.
There are toilets available near the entrance.
There is a RSPB hut in the car park which has a variety of interesting things and information regarding Arne and the wildlife, aswell as RSPB itself.
Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on their leads.
You can also get a site map in the RSPB information hut.