The Natural Beauty of Dorset is an eclectic mix of everything Dorset, based around the county's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is packed with information about this stunning county: its geology, its natural history, its heritage and its lures for residents and visitors alike. Through a diverse mixture of subjects you can explore one of Dorset's greatest charms: its variety. Its coast can be both cosy and treacherous; its countryside is gentle and rugged in equal measure. It has more footpaths and bridleways than tarmac roads and it has the oldest letterbox in use in England to this day. It is a county that will enthrall the inquisitive and the adventurous, whether you seek unspoilt beauty or quirky charm within one of the most beguiling Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain.
Colin and Susy Varndell have lived in Netherbury for over a quarter of a century, and in Dorset for most of their lives. They run a natural history photography business and manage their own picture library as well as looking after their nature reserve and garden, which has been developed specifically for local wildlife. Colin's photographs have been used in many books, magazines, natural history journals, newspapers and advertisements. He has also written and illustrated two books about the West Country and regularly writes features on natural history and wildlife for both regional and national magazines. Susy joined Colin in the business after a teaching career spanning twenty-five years. She manages the administration of the business as well as writing articles on a wider range of subjects for national magazines.