Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Iford Meadows

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From humble beginnings as a local tip to a beautiful local nature reserve.

This site next to the River Stour is an excellent place to spot birds and other wildlife. The habitat is mainly grassland and scrub, which has a remarkable 150 different types of flowering plants.

We use livestock grazing to help us manage the site, and you can usually spot our cattle between September and April. We ask visitors to keep their dogs under close control when passing these animals.

There are occasional guided walks throughout the year at Iford Meadows.

You can see the location of Iford Meadows on our map.

As the site is mainly grassland the ground can be muddy and uneven, so it’s not suitable for wheelchairs.

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Venue/Contact Details
Area coverage
BCP Area
See Journey Planner on right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
Times and Costs
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
The fields are an open facility but may shut at dusk, please visit the website for more information.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 13 years to 19 years
Booking Information:
Booking is not required.