Learn about our conservation efforts

Conservation efforts at The Blue Pool are an integral part of our mission to nurture the ecological diversity of the site.

Whether it’s protecting endangered species, restoring fragile habitats, or advocating for sustainable practices, we believe in the power of small actions to make a big difference.

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The Blue Pool and Furzebrook Estate are part of a number of sites constituting the Dorset heathlands. The Dorset heath complex is one of the major lowland heathland areas in Britain, internationally important for its wide array of plant and animal species.

In 1985, The Blue Pool was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its lowland heath habitat. Establishing protected areas not only preserves the natural landscape but also ensures the survival of the diverse wildlife that calls it home.

Furzebrook Estate Pony

Conservation Grazing

We’ve introduced a herd of Dartmoor ponies to the estate to enhance the conditions of the SSSI. They play an important role in grazing to eliminate unfavourable vegetation, in turn creating space for a diverse range of flora to thrive. These ponies trample down bracken and gorse and venture into areas that cattle and sheep typically avoid.

Did you know that pony dung provides nutrient rich food for many insects?

Help us keep the ponies safe by taking your litter home with you after your visit.

Forest Fun

Tree Felling

Our estate’s team is dedicated to reducing the encroaching pine trees, which, if left unchecked, could invade and destroy the heathland habitat. We focus our efforts on south-facing banks and areas where connectivity to existing open heath is possible.

Instead of letting the removed trees go to waste, we utilise an on-site sawmill to transform them into timber for various estate needs, such as gates, fencing, benches, and play equipment. Any leftover sections of the trees are stored, dried, and utilised in our biomass boiler to provide heating and hot water throughout the site.

Bees Furzebrook Estate


Our onsite apiary is home to honey bees cared for and managed by local beekeeper Hugh. Not only do the bees serve a crucial role in pollinating vital heathland plant species, they also produce delicious honey, used in our Tearooms and available to buy in the gift shop.

Did you know that one out of every three of our mouthfuls of food depends on pollinators such as bees?

Help a bee out by planting flowers in your garden so they can access the nectar from March to October.

Rhododendron removal

Rhododendron Removal

The estate is grappling with the invasive Rhododendron ponticum. Originally introduced from Asia to the UK during the 19th century, this invasive plant has become a major weed in many wild areas. Its fast and dense growth out competes native plants, leading to a significant decline in biodiversity. It also plays a role in spreading sudden oak death.

We actively remove, treat and manage extensive areas infested with Rhododendron throughout the site.

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