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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

The New Forest Reptile Centre is now open right through the Spring and Summer until September 30th

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. 

Find out what you can see in the pods by downloading a copy of the New Forest Reptile Centre fact sheet.

Don't forget there are Wild Wednesdays right the way through the school summer holidays - extra things for kids to do, including trails and makes!

In addition to reptiles and amphibians, the New Forest Reptile Centre is home to 'A Date With Nature in the New Forest'  which offers 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. 

The buzzards did well, rearing two chicks right the way through to near fledging, then suddenly one chick died, leaving its sibling to get stronger still. The chick is now pretty much full size and about to fledge. It is 'branching' - perching out on the tree limbs off camera - so pretty soon will fly from the nest tree for good.

We hope to have hobby on the nest very soon - if all goes to plan!

 

New Forest Nestcam 

 

The project, at the Reptile Centre, Lyndhurst, has staff and volunteers to hand to answer questions, seven days a week, right through until 4th September. Click here for further information.

  Discovery Trail 

 

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.

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 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.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We love this place & regularly visit with our naturalist 6 yr old! The staff are friendly & knowledgeable & will always try & help you find all the reptiles & amphibians in the displays. If you go on the nature walk & find the pond it is teeming with life. We've found our own newts, frogs & a toad! Watching the butterflies & dragonflies is great too! Enjoy!

Tara, 20/Jul/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

I visited here today with my 5 year old grandson and his friend. We saw 3 adders, frogs, a sand lizard and a natterjack toad. The boys loved it, the staff were very friendly and helpful - we'll definitely visit again.

Anonymous, 3/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

Amanda, 17/Apr/2016
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Last updated: 12th July 2016

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  • 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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Postcode: SO43 7GR

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