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Explore Hyde's Heath's history through guided walks

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Explore Hyde's Heath's history through guided walks

WILDLIFE and history enthusiasts are invited for a guided walk at RSPB Arne's latest site, Hyde's Heath.
 
The 67-hectare former heathland site, acquired by the RSPB following a successful appeal backed by the charity's supporters, has been folded into the main body of the reserve at Arne.
 
RSPB Arne visitor experience volunteer Samuel Wrobel said: “Hyde’s Heath is our newest area of heathland, transformed from uniform conifer plantation to the beautiful expanse of heather.
 
"Lowland heathland habitat is rarer than rainforest, and we are incredibly lucky to protect some of the best remaining parts here in Dorset.
 
"It is home to rare species of plants and animals, including birds like the woodlark and Dartford warbler.
 
"However, the history of this area goes way beyond that.
 
"We want to explore how the peninsula has changed over time to become the diverse wildlife hub that we see today.”
 
Between September and November, Arne's guides will take visitors on a journey the RSPB says will delve into Hyde Heath's earliest known uses in the Bronze Age through to its position as a key component of the country's defence during the Second World War.
 
Participants can roam Arne's surroundings while learning about Hyde's Heath's namesake, Thomas Hyde, as well as the area's contribution to the clay industry.
 
Samuel said: “The walk will begin at 9.30am heading up onto the heathland, with stunning views of Poole Harbour and the surrounding Purbecks.
 
"Enjoy the morning chorus of the many species that already call this young heathland home as our team uncover the history of this special, and integral, area of Arne.
 
"Afterwards we will finish up our walk at 11.30am with tea or filter coffee in the RSPB Arne café, which is included in the price.”
 
Visit: www.rspb.org.uk/arne for further information. 
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