Lorton Meadows Reserve & Wildlife Centre

A haven of peaceful green meadows, hedgerows and woodland, this reserve offers a chance to experience some fabulous wildlife right in the middle of town. An area of unimproved grassland enclosed by thick hedgerows and small copses nestling in the Lorton Valley. The meadows and hedgerows are full of insect life, with butterflies, moths, bugs, beetles, dragonflies and grasshoppers all to be found on a sunny summers day. We have several trails around the reserve to suit all ages, from the shortest Children’s Wild-Nature Trail, around the picnic area and Withy Woods, to longer trails exploring the whole reserve, and several trails in between. At the heart of Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve is the Conservation Centre - relax and watch the live cameras for glimpses of feeding birds in the winter and nesting birds in the spring and summer, or buy one of our wildlife guides so you can spot nature on your own patch.


Venue address
Dorset Wildlife Trust Lorton Meadows Wildlife Centre
Weymouth & Portland

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Additional Information

The Conservation Centre is closed October to March. During school term time from April to October the Centre is open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. During the school Easter, May Half Term and Summer holidays the Centre is open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.


Wheelchair accessible
We have gates at most entrances. Unsurfaced paths (apart from Centre surrounds). Disabled access and toilets at the Centre.
Parking availability information
Free car park at Conservation Centre.
Toilet facility information
Toilet facilities including disabled toilets at the Centre.

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Address: Dorset Wildlife Trust  Lorton Meadows Wildlife Centre  Weymouth  Dorset