Bouldnor Forest

Bouldnor Forest

School children on a nature reserve visit © Paul Harris/2020VISION

Bouldnor Forest

A peaceful nature reserve on the Isle of Wight’s Heritage Coast within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its 105 hectares comprise a variety of habitats, including heathland, ponds, conifer plantation and mature woodland.

The reserve is well known for its strong population of red squirrels and the Bouldnor Battery, an ancient monument which also lives on the site. The coastal footpath which leads to the little beach offers wonderful views and is a good place for fossil hunting.

Girl using binoculars © David Tipling - 2020VISION

Girl using binoculars © David Tipling - 2020VISION


A range of permanent outdoor classrooms
Picnic benches
Wide surfaced forest rides and winding woodland footpaths
Parking for coaches and minibuses

Children exploring wild places

© Matthew Roberts


Bouldnor Forest offers a great variety of activities for schools, preschools and further education groups. Here are a few examples of some of the school activities that we offer:

Early Years Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3/4

Forest School sessions

Bouldnor Forest nature reserve


On the north west coast of the Isle of Wight, east of Yarmouth it is accessed from the A3054 via a forest track at postcode PO41 0AB.

Forest School session © Matthew Roberts

Forest School session © Matthew Roberts

Booking & Contact Details

To book your visit to Bouldnor Forest, or for further information please contact the Education team on call 01983 760018.

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Information for schools and groups

Find out more about our education work, helping children connect with the natural world around them 


Safeguarding and Child Protection 

We take child protection and safeguarding very seriously. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement sets out how we implement child protection and safeguarding across the Wildlife Trust and who to contact if you have questions or concerns.