Ten things you never knew about Studland beach in Dorset

Ten spectacular Studland facts

Ten spectacular Studland facts

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Thought you knew everything about Britain’s favourite beach? You so do not.

Here are ten spectacular Studland facts...

1. Studland’s elysian waters boast the largest colony of breeding seahorses in the UK

2. The golden sands were the backdrop for the video of the hit Coldplay song ‘Yellow’, appropriately.

3. The bay and its environs are home to a flock of wild, ring-necked parakeets.

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4. The late Princess Diana once declared it to be her favourite beach.

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5. Winston Churchill, King George VI, Eisenhower and General Montgomery all squashed into the area’s Fort Henry bunker to watch Operation Smash, a practice D-Day invasion, in 1944. Fort Henry, scene of this augustness, has since been listed.

6. Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell’s 1912 painting of the landscape iis considered Britain’s first modernist painting.

7. Studland regularly tops the list of Britain’s best naturist beaches.

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8. The beach, with Bournemouth in the background, was the setting of the opening scene from the first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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9. The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club to the west of Studland was once owned by author Enid Blyton.

10. All six species of British reptile live peaceably on the heathland just behind the dunes.

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10:18am Sat 8 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

There are loads more 'factoids' about Studland than this poorly researched filler suggests.
There are loads more 'factoids' about Studland than this poorly researched filler suggests. whataboutthat
  • Score: 6

10:19am Sat 8 Feb 14

Townee says...

Would be a great place if it wasn't for the tourist.
Would be a great place if it wasn't for the tourist. Townee
  • Score: 19

10:31am Sat 8 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

junkies smoke s***get stoned
take all their clothes off
and act like theonalic scumites you know
junkies smoke s***get stoned take all their clothes off and act like theonalic scumites you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -23

10:48am Sat 8 Feb 14

oneperspective says...

Its a shame so many mooring boats drop anchor on the seahorses sea grass habitat. http://www.dorsetwil
dlifetrust.org.uk/st
udland.html
Its a shame so many mooring boats drop anchor on the seahorses sea grass habitat. http://www.dorsetwil dlifetrust.org.uk/st udland.html oneperspective
  • Score: 25

11:24am Sat 8 Feb 14

Adrian XX says...

nickynoodah wrote:
junkies smoke s***get stoned
take all their clothes off
and act like theonalic scumites you know
What's a theonalic scumite? If it's an anagram I see ethanol in there.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: junkies smoke s***get stoned take all their clothes off and act like theonalic scumites you know[/p][/quote]What's a theonalic scumite? If it's an anagram I see ethanol in there. Adrian XX
  • Score: 2

11:34am Sat 8 Feb 14

adspacebroker says...

Yep, we found out something about Studland Beach we didn't know about when we first moved here....good job the missus was off sausage at the time.
Yep, we found out something about Studland Beach we didn't know about when we first moved here....good job the missus was off sausage at the time. adspacebroker
  • Score: 6

11:47am Sat 8 Feb 14

BournemouthMum says...

So basically a few famous people like/d it. Is that all you can come up with Echo? There are many more fascinating facts about this beach that you have left out. Very poor article.
So basically a few famous people like/d it. Is that all you can come up with Echo? There are many more fascinating facts about this beach that you have left out. Very poor article. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 5

11:55am Sat 8 Feb 14

Azphreal says...

Why not mention that the habitat of the seahorses is being destroyed?
Why not mention that the habitat of the seahorses is being destroyed? Azphreal
  • Score: 12

12:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Britain's rarest bird .the Detford wobbled .formally known as the Dartord warbler lives there
Britain's rarest bird .the Detford wobbled .formally known as the Dartord warbler lives there kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

"you so do not". what sort of language is that? could we have proper English please?
"you so do not". what sort of language is that? could we have proper English please? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 13

12:31pm Sat 8 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Churchill ,the king,Eisenhower and Monty all walked up the beach took their uniforms off and with tackle out discussed tactics and helmets
Churchill ,the king,Eisenhower and Monty all walked up the beach took their uniforms off and with tackle out discussed tactics and helmets kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -11

1:10pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Squars says...

nickynoodah wrote:
junkies smoke s***get stoned
take all their clothes off
and act like theonalic scumites you know
MORON
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: junkies smoke s***get stoned take all their clothes off and act like theonalic scumites you know[/p][/quote]MORON Squars
  • Score: 8

1:33pm Sat 8 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Don't forget Bernard Willyard
the Winton bedsit cockle picker
he's a fine figure of a man
George for short.
Don't forget Bernard Willyard the Winton bedsit cockle picker he's a fine figure of a man George for short. nickynoodah
  • Score: -8

1:46pm Sat 8 Feb 14

sea poole says...

BournemouthMum - The article header was about 10 things...not an inexhaustible supply of facts! Blimey, are you an anorak?
BournemouthMum - The article header was about 10 things...not an inexhaustible supply of facts! Blimey, are you an anorak? sea poole
  • Score: 8

1:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

I take issue with the article title as I knew 4 of them
I take issue with the article title as I knew 4 of them Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 10

2:00pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

What about it being used as 'Clarkson Island' by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. A parody on Alan Whicker's Island Which was a also parody by Monty Python, also filmed there.
What about it being used as 'Clarkson Island' by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. A parody on Alan Whicker's Island Which was a also parody by Monty Python, also filmed there. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 8

2:46pm Sat 8 Feb 14

LordLilliput says...

How could you miss out the episode from Only Fools and Horses when they go to Spain with grandad for their holidays? The beach scenes were all filmed on Costa Studland.
How could you miss out the episode from Only Fools and Horses when they go to Spain with grandad for their holidays? The beach scenes were all filmed on Costa Studland. LordLilliput
  • Score: 12

2:57pm Sat 8 Feb 14

TOM AND JANE says...

The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them.
The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them. TOM AND JANE
  • Score: 13

3:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Adrian XX says...

TOM AND JANE wrote:
The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them.
I expect the real problem is that most of the seahorses end up in Tesco mixed in with the minced sea cow.
[quote][p][bold]TOM AND JANE[/bold] wrote: The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them.[/p][/quote]I expect the real problem is that most of the seahorses end up in Tesco mixed in with the minced sea cow. Adrian XX
  • Score: -4

5:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14

oneperspective says...

TOM AND JANE wrote:
The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them.
IF Studland bay was 'the biggest breeding site in the UK' then it might be concerning that there were only 2 seahorses sighted last year
[quote][p][bold]TOM AND JANE[/bold] wrote: The seahorses are not under threat in Studland Bay because of supposed deterioration of the seagrass beds. These beds are in fact flourishing despite or even because of boats anchoring there. The myth set by the Seahorse Trust that it is the biggest breeding site in the UK is utter rubbish. There are numerous breeding sites allround our coastline including Poole Harbour. In fact only 2 seahorses were sighted in Studland Bay last year inspite of frequent dives to try to find them.[/p][/quote]IF Studland bay was 'the biggest breeding site in the UK' then it might be concerning that there were only 2 seahorses sighted last year oneperspective
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

I have swam with the sea horses dugongs and whale sharks at Studland
and fed the parrots and macaws with fruit and nuts
Brownsea island is overrun with red squirrels and washed up comdons you know.
I have swam with the sea horses dugongs and whale sharks at Studland and fed the parrots and macaws with fruit and nuts Brownsea island is overrun with red squirrels and washed up comdons you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

8:42pm Sat 8 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I have swam with the sea horses dugongs and whale sharks at Studland
and fed the parrots and macaws with fruit and nuts
Brownsea island is overrun with red squirrels and washed up comdons you know.
St Anne's bid?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I have swam with the sea horses dugongs and whale sharks at Studland and fed the parrots and macaws with fruit and nuts Brownsea island is overrun with red squirrels and washed up comdons you know.[/p][/quote]St Anne's bid? whataboutthat
  • Score: 3

11:06pm Sat 8 Feb 14

ashleycross says...

Funny no one has noticed the houseboats moored up there. Still waiting for the forces of law and order to spring into action on that one.
Funny no one has noticed the houseboats moored up there. Still waiting for the forces of law and order to spring into action on that one. ashleycross
  • Score: 0

11:15pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

From a website:

And on a final note please remember that long after the war five young boys from the Forres School in Swanage found a tin of Spam on the beach 13 May 1955, and when they attempted to open it they were obliterated. Many mines and shells are still unaccounted for, in the fear of invasion in 1940 many were not properly recorded as they were laid in haste.
From a website: And on a final note please remember that long after the war five young boys from the Forres School in Swanage found a tin of Spam on the beach 13 May 1955, and when they attempted to open it they were obliterated. Many mines and shells are still unaccounted for, in the fear of invasion in 1940 many were not properly recorded as they were laid in haste. Yankee1
  • Score: 6

11:18pm Sat 8 Feb 14

gnarlston says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
"you so do not". what sort of language is that? could we have proper English please?
your screen name is live and let live, yet you're nit-picking like this....

oh, the irony....
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: "you so do not". what sort of language is that? could we have proper English please?[/p][/quote]your screen name is live and let live, yet you're nit-picking like this.... oh, the irony.... gnarlston
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

TOM AND JANE says...

As I well know. I was one on that fateful school walk - Friday 13th May. No warning signs were erected afterwards by the local council for fear of frightening the holiday makers away!
As I well know. I was one on that fateful school walk - Friday 13th May. No warning signs were erected afterwards by the local council for fear of frightening the holiday makers away! TOM AND JANE
  • Score: 1

12:10am Mon 10 Feb 14

scouserinbmth says...

studland also has the biggest colony of meerkats outside of africa
studland also has the biggest colony of meerkats outside of africa scouserinbmth
  • Score: 7

7:49am Mon 10 Feb 14

a.g.o.g. says...

scouserinbmth wrote:
studland also has the biggest colony of meerkats outside of africa
Yes, the sight of Anorachies swelltering along the wet strip in search of Old Harry w.h.y. never ceases to amaze them.
Apparently.
[quote][p][bold]scouserinbmth[/bold] wrote: studland also has the biggest colony of meerkats outside of africa[/p][/quote]Yes, the sight of Anorachies swelltering along the wet strip in search of Old Harry w.h.y. never ceases to amaze them. Apparently. a.g.o.g.
  • Score: 0

8:05am Mon 10 Feb 14

a.g.o.g. says...

And the 11th. fact that most people do not appreciate is the selfless endeavors of both the NT & EN in progressively advancing the ""Progress of Man"" into this supposed NNR & SSSRI of ""ours"" by removing that dastardly impenetrable yellow flowering gorse and bramble plus young trees wherever they manage to sprout to so expose to investigation and recreation those areas where rare Lizards and Adders indeed nest, or once did, over the back of the dive-bombing human activity promoting dunes!
And the 11th. fact that most people do not appreciate is the selfless endeavors of both the NT & EN in progressively advancing the ""Progress of Man"" into this supposed NNR & SSSRI of ""ours"" by removing that dastardly impenetrable yellow flowering gorse and bramble plus young trees wherever they manage to sprout to so expose to investigation and recreation those areas where rare Lizards and Adders indeed nest, or once did, over the back of the dive-bombing human activity promoting dunes! a.g.o.g.
  • Score: -3

10:55am Mon 10 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

Yankee1 wrote:
From a website:

And on a final note please remember that long after the war five young boys from the Forres School in Swanage found a tin of Spam on the beach 13 May 1955, and when they attempted to open it they were obliterated. Many mines and shells are still unaccounted for, in the fear of invasion in 1940 many were not properly recorded as they were laid in haste.
But that was not Studland that was Swanage beach
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: From a website: And on a final note please remember that long after the war five young boys from the Forres School in Swanage found a tin of Spam on the beach 13 May 1955, and when they attempted to open it they were obliterated. Many mines and shells are still unaccounted for, in the fear of invasion in 1940 many were not properly recorded as they were laid in haste.[/p][/quote]But that was not Studland that was Swanage beach Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

11:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

a.g.o.g. says...

Adrian XX wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
junkies smoke s***get stoned
take all their clothes off
and act like theonalic scumites you know
What's a theonalic scumite? If it's an anagram I see ethanol in there.
more like Licentious Chemist(ry) - near enough!!
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: junkies smoke s***get stoned take all their clothes off and act like theonalic scumites you know[/p][/quote]What's a theonalic scumite? If it's an anagram I see ethanol in there.[/p][/quote]more like Licentious Chemist(ry) - near enough!! a.g.o.g.
  • Score: 1

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