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- The available space for occupants in a building, vehicle, or vessel
- a settlement of differences; "they reached an accommodation with Japan"
- A room, group of rooms, or building in which someone may live or stay
- Lodging; room and board
- adjustment: making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
- in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
- Swanage is a small coastal town in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 10 km south of Poole and 40 km east of Dorchester. The town has a population of 10,124 (2001).
- A seaside resort in Dorset, on the southwest coast of England.
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The Isle of Purbeck. The 'Handy Guide' to Swanage, Etc.
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Poole Harbour form Godlingston Heath in Dorset, England - July 2011
Walking on Heathland in the summer is quite an experience. The habitat looks more like you would see in the Mediterranean. It does not look a typical British habitat but it is. Sadly we have lost 80% of our heathland and could lose more if we do not protect them. Heathland is a good habitat for many invertebrates some which are not found elsewhere as well as plants which can only be found here. Southern heathland is a good place to see the Dartford Warbler a bird which has a restricted range in the UK. I saw many Dartford warblers on Studland Heath and the site of them perching on top of gorse bushes and singing their scratchy song is memorable part of the visit. Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR The Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR is on the Isle of Purbeck on the southern side of Poole Harbour, 4 km north of Swanage. County: Dorset Main habitats: Lowland Heath Area: 631 Ha Although most NNRs are managed by Natural England, 88 are wholly or partly managed by other bodies approved by Council, under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The Studland and Godlingston Heath reserve is owned and managed by the National Trust . The reserve includes 5 km of sandy beaches and has outstanding wildlife interest supporting a wide variety of habitats: heathland, woodland, scrub, bogs, freshwater and sand dunes. The reserve is of international nature conservation significance. All six British reptile species can be found here and there are large wildfowl populations. Any time of year is suitable for a visit, with wildfowl being the main drawing point in winter, and heathland wildlife in the summer. How to get there By car, access to the area is via the B3351 from the A351. The B3351 terminates on the coast at the village of Studland and from here a minor road (Ferry Road) runs north through the reserve to South Haven Point. There are a number of car parks in Studland and within the reserve. A regular ferry services from Poole Harbour to South Haven Point is provided by the Sandbanks Ferry . The nearest train station is in Wareham (8 km to the north west) served by South West Trains . A seasonal steam locomotive rail service between Swanage and the town of Norden (mid-way between Swanage and Wareham) is provided by the Swanage Railway . Local bus services from Wareham to Swanage, and from Swanage to South Haven Point via Studland are provided by the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company . Bus services to Wareham are also provided by First Group . The reserve is on the route of a National Trail, the South West Coast Path , and there are also three cycle routes in the area: the Sandbanks Ferry Link, which runs the length of the reserve from Swanage via Studland, the Purbeck Cycleway and Route 2 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. Accommodation There is a wide variety of accommodation in the area, both on the Isle of Purbeck and in Poole . Facilities There is a visitor centre at Knoll Beach 1 km north of Studland. The centre has a seasonal cafe and shop and there are other refreshment facilities on the beachfront within the reserve. There are also designated picnic and barbecue areas. There are a number of toilets along the beachfront. All have baby-changing facilities. There are disabled toilets along the beachfront with RADAR locks. Wheelchairs and pushchairs adapted for use on sand are available for hire and a boardwalk provides easy access to the beach. Wardens are available to give guided tours of the reserve and there are a number of nature trails through the site ranging from 400 metres to 1.5 km. Leaflets and signs are also available to aid visitors. What to see Little Sea: sand dune ridges have built up over the last 400 years to enclose an acidic freshwater lake - the Little Sea - in the north of the reserve. The lake attracts wintering wildfowl and there are four hides overlooking Little Sea. An inlet of Poole Harbour can be viewed from a hide at Brands Bay to the west of Little Sea. Agglestone: a conspicuous landmark, the Agglestone is a large block of iron-rich sandstone which has resisted erosion. Godlingston Heath: the heath is one of the largest remaining tracts of lowland heathland. The site supports large populations of Dartford warblers, nightjars and all six British reptile species. Wintering waders feed here at low tide and many then move to the north end of Studland beach to rest at high tide. Little egrets roost throughout the winter. The reserve also has particularly rich populations of dragonflies, grasshoppers, bees and wasps. As well as wildlife there are archaeological remains throughout the reserve, ranging from mysterious man-made hollows, barrows and standing stones to 20th century bunkers (pill boxes) and shell holes.
Corfe Castle, both as a village and a castle, is located on the A351 between Wareham and Swanage in Dorset. The area is popularly known as the Isle of Purbeck.
Regarding the Isle of Purbeck, that is something of an error of statement in that it is actually a peninsular but will never shake it’s popular description of Isle.
The medieval castle, commanding a gap in the Purbeck ridge, is now an imposing ruin and a popular tourist centre drawing on it’s many years of history.
There is belief it may have been a Roman defensive site, but the castle we see the ruins of today was a rebuild in the 11th century of what was a wood castle back into the 9th century.
The village and its famous castle are built mainly from the local Purbeck stone which is probably the finest limestone available for building and polishing in England, and is used throughout the world.
In the 13th century King John went to great lengths improving his accommodation and the defences. He built a fine hall and chapel together with domestic buildings. Henry III constructed additional walls, towers and gatehouses
Monarchs had come and gone until 1572 when Queen Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton, her dancing master and some suppose a suitor.
In 1635 the Castle was sold to Sir John Bankes, the then Lord Chief Justice, more as a holiday home rather than as a first home.
By 1643 the Parliamentarians occupied most of Dorset, the castle then survived a six-week siege. Sir John Bankes died in 1644 and the castle endured a number of half-baked blockades. Later in 1645 a second siege was started by Colonel Bingham, Governor of Poole, and courtesy of an insider the Roundheads took over in February 1646.
The Castle was systematically destroyed by the Parliamentary forces, but the fact that some remains is surely testimony to strength of construction.
Ownership remained with the Bankes Family until 1982 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.
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