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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

The New Forest Reptile Centre is now closed to vehicles but will open again for the school Spring Holidays in 2016.

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. 

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. Please visit us in 2016.

Access may still be gained on foot, horse or cycle.

New Forest Nestcam 

The cameras are now switched off...see you next year!...

 Reptile Discovery Trail 

The trail can be accessed in autumn/winter from the inclosure gate near to the Portuguese Fireplace, near Millyford Bridge car park (contact us for more information). During your visit try the self guided Discovery Trail. (You can download a pdf by clicking here but please note that by starting and ending the trail by the pond, you will have to adjust your orientation when using the guide and its map. Use the pond as a landmark).

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?

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!,

Anonymous, 14/Oct/2015

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.

Forestry Commission Response
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
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Last updated: 10/28/2015

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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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Postcode: SO43 7GR

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