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Studland is best known for its National Nature Reserve and its large, sandy beaches. Stretching for five miles the beaches are ideal for swimming and for a whole range of water sports, which include sailing, diving and windsurfing. Part of the beach attracts naturists and a designated area is marked with signs. The spectacular chalk headland and Old Harry Rocks offer shelter from the worst wind and storms.

Studland Beach

Behind the beach the sand dunes and heathland make up the Nature Reserve, which sees a wide variety of wildlife. With scrub land, bogs and woodland areas Studland sustains a large wildfowl population and all six British reptile species, as well as being a haven for many types of sea bird. 


The National Trust has a Visitor and Study Centre at Knoll Beach in Studland. Trust staff and volunteers lead guided walks and talks, mainly about the management of the beach, dunes and heathland.

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