Bouldnor Forest Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationNo parking available on site. Closest parking is at Bouldnor Viewpoint Car Park (SZ 366898) - take the coastal footpath into the reserve. For courses or events run at the Bouldnor Forest Centre, park in the Forest at the Loading Bay SZ 378 903.
Grazing animalsCattle during spring and summer
The surfaced forestry tracks are usually dry, but unsurfaced public footpaths can be muddy when wet.
Booking is essential if you are organising a self-led group or a school or community group.
Wider forest tracks suitable for all terrain buggies / wheelchairs. The coastal footpath and the reserve are not suitable.
Car: From Yarmouth take A3054 towards Newport for ½ km. Viewpoint car park is on left.
Public transport: Take No. 7 bus (Southern Vectis) from Yarmouth or Newport. Ask for Bouldnor Forest stop on A3054
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer is an excellent time to visit; look out for red squirrels leaping between the branches and listen for nightjars calling in the evening.
About the reserve
Bouldnor Forest nature reserve is full to the brim with exciting wildlife. Red squirrels leap from branch to branch and unusual birds such as tree creepers and bullfinches flit between the trees. Why not download one of our wildlife spotter sheets before you go and see how many species you can identify?
Unusual birds such as crossbills and goldcrests are abundant, and during the spring a host of heathland rarities brighten the restored clay heaths – you’ll see pale dog-violet, heath dog-violet and cyperus sedge blooming along the coastal path.
Down on the beach you can uncover the Isle of Wight’s prehistoric past – look closely and you may find small fossils among the pebbles. Once you’ve finished your archaeological activities, you can look out across the Solent and take in the stunning views of the New Forest coast.