The New Forest Reptile Centre is now open right through the Spring and Summer until September 30th
Discover more about British reptiles and amphibians 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.
Find out what you can see in the pods by downloading a copy of the New Forest Reptile Centre fact sheet.
In addition to reptiles and amphibians, the New Forest Reptile Centre is home to 'A Date With Nature in the New Forest' 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.
Although the Date with Nature team will be on site from March 25th, this Easter has proved too early for the raptors. Cameras are up in anticipation, but we are still waiting for nests to be chosen and therefore may not go live in time for the weekend. So, watch this space...we intend to go live with either goshawk or buzzard as soon as the birds settle.
The cameras are now switched off...see you on March 25th!...
visit: 'A Date With Nature in the New Forest' for more information
During your visit try the self guided Discovery Trail. You can download a pdf by clicking here or ask for a copy at the visitor centre. The trail starts and finishes at the Trailhead Marker by the Reptile Centre.
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 StarsAmanda, 17/Apr/2016
We have visited here a few times with our 4 year old and always enjoy it. We were lucky enough to see 3 adders, 2 sand lizards and a slow worm on our recent visit. The staff are always friendly and there are plenty of birds to spot too. Also toilets, nice picnic benches and nearby trail. We'll be back soon no doubt
We tried to visit in the summer but we're unable to find you. We asked a couple of local people in the nearby forest carpark and they were unable to help!,
Forestry Commission Response
I'm sorry you were unable to find the New Forest Reptile Centre this summer, the site is ideally placed for those travelling by car in that it's entrance is directly off the A35, between Lyndhurst and Christchurch. About 3 miles outside Lyndhurst you will see brown tourist information signs with arrows indicating the entrance, plus yellow AA signs for the Raptor Nestcam all through the Spring and Summer. I have to admit it does happen to be a long forestry gravel road that leads from the main road to the Reptile Centre itself, but once you have crossed the threshold at the side of the highway, there is only one way to go. For cyclists, I would not like to recommend riding on the A35 to get to it. Instead, find the Swan pub at Swan Green, outside Lyndhurst, and take the Emery Down road opposite. Turn left at the New Forest Inn and continue up the (quiet) road that leads to Bolderwood. About two miles along this road you will find Millyford Bridge car park on the right and then the landmark of the Poruguese Fireplace on the left. Just beyond the fireplace, on the left, there is a five bar gate, this is the start of the cycle route that leads to the Reptile Centre. Simply follow the marker arrows for cycles and you will come to the Centre within half a mile. Hope this helps. We look forward to your visit next time in the New Forest.
5 StarsElla, 7/Jul/2015
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.
Forestry Commission Response
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.