Canford Heath is one of the largest examples of continuous heathland left in Dorset
and is home to many scarce and rare plants and animals. Lowland heathland, of which
Canford is a particularly fine example, is rare on a global scale; the great majority
of the original extent has been lost and the UK now has a responsibility to conserve
what is left of this special habitat and landscape.
The heath is also one of the few places left with a real sense of the evocative,
wild and beautiful cultural landscape that for several millennia was so typical of
To maintain the heathland and its unique wildlife this 10-year Management Plan updates
and develops what has already been achieved in the past 10 years, blending the Borough’s
duties to provide a safe and welcoming open space with the heavy responsibilities
of the national and international conservation designations in place to protect it.
The Plan sets out the statutory protection for habitats, wildlife and archaeological
features that apply at Canford, and summarises the broad range of rare and attractive
wildlife that can be found there.
Many people visit Canford Heath, some on a daily basis; most treasure its unique
sense of space, history and character. The Plan seeks to ensure that these special
qualities, and the very sensitive wildlife, are maintained and where possible, enhanced.
For centuries the heathland has provided grazing for animals, fuel from turf & gorse,
thatch from heather & turf, and animal bedding & fertiliser from bracken.)
Dorset Dogs is a partnership of land managers promoting responsible dog ownership
in Dorset. At present the main emphasis is on heathland, but work is carried out
on other habitats when time and money allows. Visit www.dorsetdogs.org.uk