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Sand Dunes Studland Bay, The Purbeck Heritage Coast, Great Britain


  • Studland Bay Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature United Kingdom (map)

We have read about the Isle of Purbeck on many occasions. Finally, we had the perfect chance to visit this beautiful part of Great Britain.

We stayed in Studland village. We chose this location because it was close to the East-facing Studland Bay. This is a long curved 4 km sandy beach. It is backed by dunes and heathland.

Studland Bay is protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds and storms by Ballard Down. It is also sheltered by Handfast Point and the chalk headland. This separates Studland and Swanage Bay to the South. This curved bay has the perfect conditions for fresh coastal air capture.

It’s was not just the beach that was of interest to us. We also checked out the heathlands and nature reserve. The National Trust owns the beach and also the dunes. So we were keenly interested in the freshwater lake situated within Studland Heath. This is known as “Little Sea”. It is cut off from the sea by the dunes and is a particular haven for birds and wildlife.

We got special permission to set up our air capture equipment. We did this as the sun rises over “Little Sea. We were able to collect and measure the freshest air from this natural and unspoiled area.

The Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature reserve is on English Nature’s list of ‘spotlight reserves’. This make it one of 31 of the most important reserves in England. Plus is has the title of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONB, Additionally it is a site of special scientific Interest. It is part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast. This is also the gateway to the Jurassic Coast world heritage site, You may recall the we visited on our air capture last August.

We are so very pleased to visit this beautiful area and have chosen this time of year to ensure the area is unpopulated. We plan to have our Studland Bay bottles in our Shop in late April.