It is near the end of the school holidays and the roads to Studland Bay through the Isle of Purbeck are still very busy. The car parks fill up early, and families laden with beach gear head for the sandy beach while the sun shines bright and hot. Behind the shore there is a different world, a range of habitats from heather-clad dunes to woodland, bogs, and lakes. I chose to take my short walk in the less-frequented places where it was cooler and quieter and more interesting from a nature perspective.
These images show some of the places I saw in an hour of easy walking on a circular route to and from the car park. You can find captions to the pictures if you view them in a gallery by clicking on any picture to start.