Ryewater Nursery is a very large reserve with a wide range of habitats, flowers and insects, all easily accessible. Originally a plant nursery, it has been turned into a nature reserve, with the emphasis on butterflies and dragonflies, and the range of habitats and plants is exceptionally rich.
Access: unfortunately this venue is not suitable for wheelchairs, but the ground is level.
How to get there
Ryewater is at ST665106 (OS 1:50 000 sheet 194, Dorchester & Weymouth)
From the north – take the A352 Dorchester road south from Sherborne. After passing through the village of Longburton take the first left signposted Boyshill. Take the next left turn and after about ¼ mile turn right into Ryewater Nursery. There will be an ‘RPSNG’ sign with arrow.
From the south – take the A352 Sherborne road north from Dorchester. After passing through the village of Middlemarsh, go past the B3146 turning (on the right) and take the next right signposted Boyshill. Take the next left turn and after about ¼ mile turn right into Ryewater Nursery. There will be ‘RPSNG’ signs with arrows.
By satnav: the address is Ryewater Nursery, Bishops Down, SHERBORNE, Dorset DT95PL
What to bring
Stout footwear or wellies if it is damp, waterproofs if needed, a packed lunch. There are toilets on site, next to the car park. Sorry but no dogs.