Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre by Vicky Ashby

Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre by Vicky Ashby 

Volunteering at Lorton Meadows by Sam Dallimore

Volunteering at Lorton Meadows by Sam Dallimore 

Children pond dipping at Lorton Meadows by Katharine Davies

Children pond dipping at Lorton Meadows by Katharine Davies 

PLEASE NOTE: The Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

At the heart of Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve is the Conservation Centre – a converted barn that has been welcoming visitors, volunteers and educational groups to the reserve since 2004.


Lorton Lane

OS Map Reference

A static map of Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Know before you go

75 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Car park at conservation Centre

Bicycle parking


Grazing animals

Please be aware that we have cattle (cows and a bull) on the reserve throughout the year. Please see below for map for more information.

Walking trails

Network of marked paths including nature trails and the Legacy Trial (Lorton to Portland Bill) - leaflets available from Centre. 


Please be aware that we have cattle (cows and a bull) on the reserve throughout the year. Please refrain from walking your dog through the meadow(s) marked with a red dog traffic light. For more information, please see the posters and leaflets at the Conservation Centre and signs on the field gates. Below is a map of the areas affected and more information about the dog traffic light system operating on the reserve. 

Find out more about the Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve here

There are gates at most entrances. Unsurfaced paths (apart from Centre surrounds). Disabled access and toilets at Centre (Please note opening times). 

Take precautions against ticks. 


Under effective control
On a lead or under effective control. There are cows and a bull on site throughout the year – please keep your distance, observe the Dog Traffic Light signs on gates and check/pick up a map from the Conservation Centre. For a printable version of the lea


Visitor centre
Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Outdoor play area

When to visit

Opening times

For more information about the Lorton Meadows visitor centre, please phone 01305 206191 (The nearby Chesil Centre). You can also contact the Chesil Centre at chesilbeach@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk who will be able to help with your enquiry.

Best time to visit

Spring and Summer for flowers, insects and birds.

About the reserve

Drop in to the Conservation Centre to plan your day exploring the nature reserve using our guides and maps.

The picnic area and outdoor classroom are the perfect places for lunch whatever the weather (please take all your rubbish home). Children can have fun on our wildlife inspired play area and there’s plenty of information to help you explore the reserve in the outdoor classroom. 

For information about the reserve, including maps, nature trails, access, species and habitats, please see the Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve page. 

Help make a difference to your local wildlife by volunteering: you could assist us in the Centre, welcoming visitors, help with our events programme or join us for Volunteer Conservation Tasks and surveying the reserve. Please contact us on 01305 206191 to find out more. 

Environmental designation

Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre Map

Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre 

Visitor Information - Grazing Cattle at Lorton Meadows

Please see below for a link to the Lorton Meadows dog traffic light guidance leaflet and a map with the areas affected by grazing cattle. 

Lorton Meadows dog walking traffic light guide

Lorton Meadows Dog Zoning Map

Education at Lorton Meadows

Whether it's searching for minibeasts, pond dipping, identifying trees, or getting stuck into a practical task, we have a range of learning opportunities for Key Stage 1- 4, that can be tailored to suit individual groups. Download the education opportunities leaflet below and contact us to discuss your requirements. For A Level or Higher Education groups please contact us on 01305 206191.