Talbot Heath lies east of Alder Road (A3040), with the southern boundary being the Bournemouth to Poole railway, the northern boundary the area behind Bournemouth University.
Area: 35:05 hectares
SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest)
SPA (Special Protection Area)
SAC (Special Area of Conservation)
SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Interest
Owners: Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council
Managers: Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council
This site, together with Bourne Bottom, comprises two fragments of semi-natural heathland lying within the valley of the Bourne Stream, which form part of a linear strip of remnant heathland within the conurbation of Poole.
Like many of Dorset's urban heaths, Talbot Heath has a long history. Fern Barrow in the southeast corner of the site would have been a significant landmark during the Bronze Age when it was created and for a long period afterward. It is now surrounded by the fencing around the BBC radio mast. The site is criss-crossed with clearly visible banks and trackways some dating from the Middle Ages or more recently as a result of the Enclosures Act of the 18th century. In more recent times the heath was used to train soldiers during the Boer War, and the trench on the western side is still visible today.