Dorset heaths set for wildlife protection

Lychett Bay Land at Lytchett Bay is among that purchased by the trust

Wildlife habitats in Dorset are set to be protected with the purchase of areas of heath land.

Dorset Wildlife Trust has bought almost 1,500 acres (607 hectares) of land near Bournemouth and Poole.

The areas include Lytchett Bay, Upton Heath, Holes Bay and Parley Common which host rare reptiles and birds.

The trust said the purchase, funded by a £2m lottery grant, is a "real investment in the future of Dorset's heritage".

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