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Jeni Bell’s Wild Britain – Sixpenny’s Secret

The continued adventures Of Jeni , Bill and Millie……..

The village of Sixpenny Handley in Dorset is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s a small village situated in the stunning Cranborne Chase, where it is surrounded by huge expanses of arable fields, and wooded areas.

It’s probably best known for its brewery and having, arguably, one of the most extensive village shops in the area (seriously, it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of groceries – it’s awesome) but the picturesque scenery brimming with wildlife shouldn’t be overlooked.

Just outside the village itself, on the road to Bowerchalke, is a shining example of the natural beauty that this hidden location has to offer; Garston Wood Nature Reserve.

This magical little place is a reserve owned and managed by the RSPB and their team of volunteers. I’ve had plenty of visit where I’ve witnessed a hardworking bunch busying themselves away with the task of coppicing trees or clearing scrub to create more space for nature.

Garston wood is an ancient woodland home to an abundance of flora and fauna, attracted by the varying environments within the reserve. Following the well-marked trails around the site you can travelling from ancient oak wood, with gnarled trees garnished in ivy, to thick scrub which then leads to magical open rides.

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