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There is a whole range of wildlife to be found in Dorset and preserving it is incredibly important to keep the county looking at its most splendid. In Poole, Upton Heath nature reserve will soon be benefiting from some extra protection.

The nature reserve is home to all six British species of reptiles, and amongst its 506 acre heathland can be found rare sand lizards and the smooth snakes that have been voted as a highlight to see in Britain by Lonely Planet. Rare birds that can be seen in Upton Heath nature reserve include stonechats, nightjars and Dartford warblers.

Heathlands are meant to have a “low density” of trees, so in order to preserve the current ecosystem Dorset Wildlife Trust will be removing a number of birch and pine tree saplings. The Trust has assured those who are looking to enjoy Dorset cottage holidays that only saplings will be removed and that established trees will not be removed.