Explore New Forest Reptile Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

The New Forest Reptile Centre is now open for 2015 and will remain open every day until the last friday of September, with the Date with Nature display open until 6th September 2015.

Nestcam    Reptile Discovery Trail  Podcast

Discover more about British reptiles and New Forest Reptile Centreamphibians and how they are being conserved in the New Forest.

Specially created display enclosures allow you to study these animals in close-up.

We have the only collection of all the native lizards, snakes, frogs and toads, including Britain's only venomous snake - the adder - and rarest lizard - the sand lizard. 

In addition to reptiles and amphibians, the New Forest Reptile Centre is home to 'A Date With Nature in the New Forest'  (Now open again!)which affords an opportunity to see birds of prey intimately on nest cams.  This project is a collaboration between the RSPB, along with the New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and Carnyx Wild. Please visit us in 2015.

Parking and entry is FREE, however, a donation is welcome by use of the car park ticket machine.

New Forest Nestcam 

Bring the kids for a Wild Wednesday and enjoy family activities and extra trails.

This event is run every wednesday during the Hampshire school holidays. For more information on this and our other events please click here

Feeder-cam live and hoping for hobby-cam very soon...

 Reptile Discovery Trail 

The trail mainly follows a fairly smooth gravelled surface, although the final section is a grassy path that can become muddy during wet weather. During your visit try the self guided Discovery Trail. (You can download a pdf by clicking here. )

Reptile Centre Podcast

Take your very own 'ranger' out in the New Forest by downloading the New Forest Reptile Centre Podcast for your MP3 player by clicking here.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic visit, saw all the resident animals and loads of information from RSPB volunteers Fred and Tom. Why not pop in a donations box? I'd have been happy to pay more than 2 for the car park.

Ella, 7/Jul/2015

Thank you for this very welcome comment which gives us encouragement that we are going about things in the right way. Date with Nature is there to enthuse all visitors about the wonders of nature, especially in the New Forest. If anyone wished to make a donation, they will be received with thanks from the staff at the information centre, or why not show your commitment to wildlife by joining the RSPB while there.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

April 2015 - A hot Spring day, no shortage of reps sunning themselves, plus amphibs (incl Natterjacks) - a terrific show! And helpful, enthusiastic staff. Thanks everyone. (From a Gwent ARG member)

VicWarren, 27/Apr/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

We visited for the first time. The staff were very good and informative. The kids 6 and 3 really enjoyed themselves. We even got to see the black adder with very lovely markings. We would definitely go again in the future.

Carl, 13/Aug/2014
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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • We kindly request that dogs are kept on leads at the Reptile Centre
  • Picnic
  • Bring a rug and have your picnic sat on the green and enjoy the sun.
  • Walking
  • A circular trail through the woods of the New Forest Reptile Centre in Lyndhurst.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets are available in the Reptile Centre car park.
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OS Grid ref: SU 271 071
Postcode: SO43 7GR

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General Enquiries

0300 067 4601

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
10.00 to 16.30

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