headland has all that remains of a coastal heathland that
once stretched between Bournemouth and Poole. This important
habitat is dominated by Ling (common heather) and Bell-heather
in the drier soils and Cross-leaved heath in the wetter
areas. Dwarf Gorse and Tormentil add splashes of yellow.
In the boggy areas Sundews supplement their diet
by trapping and devouring insects.
The Violet Ground Beetle, a nocturnal hunter and Green Tiger
Beetle a powerful daytime predator are relatively common
here. The Grayling butterfly which is in decline, is well
camouflaged against the backdrop of pale sandy soils. Reptiles
include the common lizard and adder. The Sand Lizard was
re-introduced in the 1980s following its loss in the 1960s;
however there have not been any sightings in recent times.The
Nightjar is seen regularly over the heath together with
the Little Owl during the early summer months.