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New Forest Reptile Centre

About 27 minutes from park

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Lyndhurst, SO43 7GR

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About New Forest Reptile Centre

The spectacular New Forest is home to many incredible creatures, not least one of the most diverse reptile populations of anywhere in the British Isles. While the team go about their conservation work, you’re welcome to call by and spot these fascinating species in their specially designed and spacious enclosures. This reptile centre in Lyndhurst was founded in 1974 by Derek Thompson, a local holiday cottage owner with a passion for conservation. In cooperation with the nearby Marwell Zoo, the centre has helped to reintroduce reptile species to the New Forest that had previously become extinct here.

What can I see at the New Forest Reptile Centre?

The New Forest Reptile Centre is home to every single lizard, snake, frog and toad species that are native to the British Isles. That means you can expect to see creatures such as:

  • Adders – Britain’s only venomous snake species
  • Common frogs
  • Natterjack toads
  • Newts
  • Sand Lizards
  • Slow worms
  • Smooth snakes – Britain’s rarest snake species

At the centre, you’ll also find picnic areas where you can stop for some lunch, along with some walking and biking trails in the surrounding countryside. Why not see if you can spot some of these species in their natural habitat?

How to get to New Forest Reptile Centre

The New Forest Reptile centre is closest to Lyndhurst, just along the A35 Bournemouth Road from the centre of village. If you’re travelling in from towards Southampton, you’ll want to exit at junction 1 of the M27 and head down the A337 Lyndhurst Road. If you’re coming from the Bournemouth area, join the A35 in Christchurch and follow it from there. As for buses, there are no services that stop within the vicinity of the Reptile Centre. However, the Bluestar 6 and number 35 services stop in Lyndhurst, with a 40 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the centre from there. The nearest train station is Brockenhurst station, which is 11 minutes from the Reptile Centre by taxi.

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