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“One of the better RSPB reserves, but lacking refreshments”
Review of RSPB Arne

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Owner description: RSPB Arne is one of the RSPB's flagship sights. A mix of heath land, woodland and coast the reserve is packed full of wildlife and has a large events programme to enable visitors to get the most out of their visit.
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Very pleasant reserve which offers opportunities to see some (to me) rare birds, yet is relaxed about our bringing the dog along. Quite rightly, since he can do no harm while on a lead. Too many RSPB reserves are paranoid about dogs because some owners are irresponsible and let them off the lead. We miss out on all these places, yet as RSPB members we still have to pay for them.

We did not see the vending machine that someone mentioned below. After a few hours we were gasping for a coffee, and as the reserve is quite remote we had to leave. It would not require much - Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire has the simplest cafe you could imagine and it is quite adequate.

Thank Bobjob21
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RSPBArne, Manager at RSPB Arne, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Hi Bobjob21,

Many thanks for the review, glad that you enjoyed the reserve so much.
Just thought we'd let you know that by next year we will have some refreshments at Arne based out of the old 'Toy Museum tea rooms' next to the car park. No more gasping for coffee!

In the mean time there is our small hot drinks machine in the visitor hut (it was away being fixed on your visit) to keep you going.

Hope to see you again soon.

The RSPB Arne team

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Arne is one of my favourite places in the UK. You most certainly don't need to be a twitcher to love this, we aren't. It is simply beautiful, woodland, heathland, and lovely shore land walks. At its finest on a spring or autumn morning or evening. The deer, stags, rabbits and other animals just add to the charm. If possible go mid week and go out of season, it's then you get the true magic. If you love nature, beautiful scenery, and great walks go to Arne. Oh and if you can stay at the Old School House, it gets booked up but it is a brilliant place to get away from it all.

1  Thank Chalky33
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

RSPB reserve has some beautiful scenery, walks on good paths, hides for bird watchers, deer spotted, still no sign of the elusive dartford warbler but we are assured they exist!! Even in the severe wet/cold weather it was an enjoyable ramble - topped off with good sighting of a pair of tree creepers building a nest very close to one of the paths! Information Centre with Ranger who can advise on where to spot things. Toilets and a basic coffee vending machine. No cafe but plentiful parking. Recommend you visit.

Thank OnSafariAgain
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Many of the natural areas in Dorset can get a little overcrowded in the summertime. Arne never does, it's very, very peaceful all year round. The abundance of nature is unbeatable, from birds to deer to flowers to reptiles, it truly does have everything. Make sure you choose a warm day to come and bring a picnic (because there are some fantastic spots.)
Arne has a great beach, perfectly situated for looking out into the glorious harbour. The fact that the beach isn't touristy and doesn't have pearly white sands is all part of Arne's 'untouched' charm but if you do want to sit down, bring a towel or mat because there are some points where the sand is slightly stony and jagged feeling, making it uncomfortable. Also, as another note, paddling in the sea is messier than in the more 'commercial' beaches because instead of sand under your feet, it's mud. This makes for great bottom sliding contests but not so great swimming costumes afterwards. Don't let any of this put you off though, because Arne is fantastic and has different assets to beaches where you find ice cream trucks, you're coming for a different experience.
But really the beach is just the tip of the iceberg, make sure that you don't miss all the dunes, heat, woods, and (most importably!) The double-decker bird hide.
If you feel a bit clueless and don't know where to begin, then I recommend finding a fantastic geoache there. Geocaching is where people hide 'boxes of treasure' around the world and post the co-ordinates online so that people can find it and trade items (cheep toys, mainly). This particular geocache sends you on a hunt around Arne to answer questions to find the co-ordinates of the box of treasure. If that made no sense, go to the website to find out more. The geocache is called Arne Nature Trail (link below) and is great for families because it enables you to both see the reserve and find a box of treasure at the same time. The link is: http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4BFA7_arne-nature-trail
I'm sorry if I went off topic there but I think that if you are a family visiting Arne then that activity is a must and gives more purpose to just wandering around.
This was probably my longest review yet and I hope that it's convinced you to come if you're in the area.

Thank Hedgehog-From-Home
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We live locally and all our visiting family enjoy Arne. Plenty of space to run around, deer to watch and coastline for throwing stones. Good little information kiosk and rangers always on hand to help and explain things. Picnic areas too and all completely unspoiled and natural.

Thank Scotsmidge
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