Yours for £20k: five-and-a-half acre nature reserve with views of Lytchett Bay

Yours for £20k: five-and-a-half acre nature reserve with views of Lytchett Bay

The land for sale at Upton, near Poole

The land for sale at Upton, near Poole

The land for sale at Upton, near Poole

Brian Bleese

First published in News by

A PICTURESQUE five-and-a-half acre nature reserve with stunning views over Lytchett Bay will go under the hammer later this month.

The guide price for the plot, accessed via Shore Lane, Upton, Poole, is just £20,000 – significantly lower than you’d expect for such a prime waterfront spot.

However, one major drawback for any potential property developer is that the protected land cannot actually be developed, as it is a special site of Nature Conservation Interest.

Estate agent Jan Merriott, who is handling the sale for Symonds and Sampson Commercial, believes if the area could be developed “you’d expect several more noughts on the asking price.”

He added that it is likely to be snapped up by someone wanting “their own little bit of England.”

Among those interested in attending the auction, at the Sherborne Hotel, on February 28, could be representatives of Dorset Wildlife Trust. (DWT) DWT’s director of operations Brian Bleese confirmed the conservation charity is looking into the possibility of buying the site.

“This is of potential interest and we are examining the options,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Merriott, explained: “Although this is a beautiful and strangely secluded spot considering where it is, it cannot be developed as it is a site of nature conservation interest and heathland.

“It is likely to be bought by those who simply want their own little bit of England (and quite a fine bit) whether they happen to be conservationists, artists or, indeed, those who have no particular reason other than they just can... and that is rather cool.”

The auction will take place on behalf of trustee John Samtani, and viewing is strictly by appointment only.

In the sales brochure the land is described as ‘open and unfenced and is a mixture of scrub and birch type trees, gorse, bracken and some reed and with plenty of cover for bird and other wildlife.

‘A pathway along the western side of the land is used by walkers’.

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9:34am Sat 15 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

I hope whoever buys this land will not be allowed to fence it off and close it to the public! It has been a common right of way for decades and used by fisherman, dog walkers and anyone who just wants a nice quiet walk.
I hope whoever buys this land will not be allowed to fence it off and close it to the public! It has been a common right of way for decades and used by fisherman, dog walkers and anyone who just wants a nice quiet walk. we-shall-see
  • Score: 2

9:55am Sat 15 Feb 14

The Wickham Man says...

we-shall-see wrote:
I hope whoever buys this land will not be allowed to fence it off and close it to the public! It has been a common right of way for decades and used by fisherman, dog walkers and anyone who just wants a nice quiet walk.
You can either have people or you can have wildlife but not both. If dogs are allowed to run free then no ground nesting birds and probably no reptiles will live on it. If the DWT buy it they must be allowed to control access especially to unleashed dogs or they are wasting their money.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: I hope whoever buys this land will not be allowed to fence it off and close it to the public! It has been a common right of way for decades and used by fisherman, dog walkers and anyone who just wants a nice quiet walk.[/p][/quote]You can either have people or you can have wildlife but not both. If dogs are allowed to run free then no ground nesting birds and probably no reptiles will live on it. If the DWT buy it they must be allowed to control access especially to unleashed dogs or they are wasting their money. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 11

10:00am Sat 15 Feb 14

High Treason says...

I hope Dorset Wildlife Trust buy the land. They do fantastic work and we should have an Echo sponsored donation link.
I hope Dorset Wildlife Trust buy the land. They do fantastic work and we should have an Echo sponsored donation link. High Treason
  • Score: 20

11:24am Sat 15 Feb 14

Avengerboy says...

Hopefully nobody bids against any local wildlife group that actually wishes to secure the land.
Hopefully nobody bids against any local wildlife group that actually wishes to secure the land. Avengerboy
  • Score: 13

6:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

B****y dog owners want all their own way.
B****y dog owners want all their own way. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

12:16am Mon 17 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

Here we have local conservation charities that buy (or are given) such properties so that they are managed, never developed and made available for public access. There is a significant tax benefit for landowners to give such parcels to such a conservation trust.
Here we have local conservation charities that buy (or are given) such properties so that they are managed, never developed and made available for public access. There is a significant tax benefit for landowners to give such parcels to such a conservation trust. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

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