The Furzebrook Estate
Wonderfully located on the Isle of Purbeck - 200 acres of heathland, woodland and lakes.
Please remember The Furzebrook Estate is privately owned, remain respectful of opening hours & footpaths, so as to ensure this Site of Special Scientific Interest remains unspoilt.
Working hand-in-hand with likeminded organisations within the Purbecks, we aim to protect our wildlife, the heathland and this wonderful nature reserve for generations to come.
Please feel free to challenge us on our ecological credentials… we are trying to ensure that The Furzebrook Estate remains beautiful for years to come.
The Dorset Heathlands - one of Britain's last remaining great heaths.
The story of heathland
One of our most wild-seeming landscapes, heathland has actually been shaped by human actions. It began at least 5000 years ago, when humans started clearing trees growing on infertile soils, probably to entice game into clearings to make hunting easier. Later they used it to graze livestock. In some areas, layers of charcoal show that the forest was cleared repeatedly by fire for grazing or crops. Most heathlands are thought to date from the Bronze Age some 3000 years ago.