Garston Wood

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Garston Wood
Nearest city Shaftesbury, Dorset, England
Coordinates 50°58′24″N 01°59′45″W / 50.97333°N 1.99583°W / 50.97333; -1.99583Coordinates: 50°58′24″N 01°59′45″W / 50.97333°N 1.99583°W / 50.97333; -1.99583
Area 34 hectares (84 acres)
Established 1985[1]
Governing body Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Garston Wood is a 34 hectare nature preserve on the border between Dorset and Wiltshire in England set up by the RSPB to protect birds living in the region. To help maintain the park, the RSPB sets annual population targets for certain breeding pairs of birds, and manages the forest by clearing out taller and non-native trees.

In an effort to help tourists and volunteers enjoy the park, the RSPB holds an annual event programme, bi-annual volunteer working parties, and publishes a regularly updated trail guide. They also work to improve their visitor facilities, and maintain a media profile.

Bird species found in Garston Wood[edit]

Blackcap, Bullfinch, Garden Warblers, Marsh Tits, and Turtle Doves are among the bird species which frequent the park, drawing in bird watching tourists.


  1. ^ Roberts, James (1995). Walking in Dorset. Cicerone Press. pp. p. 40. ISBN 1-85284-180-X. 

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