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Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve

Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve

The Conservation Centre & nature reserve lie in the heart of the Lorton Valley, Weymouth. The 75 hectare site, originally farmland, has been managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people since 1998. The meadows are bounded by mature hedges and small woodlands, with seasonal streams and ponds and part of the species rich grassland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The proximity of a 'snap-shot' of Lorton's varied habitats close to the Centre makes it an ideal location for younger key stages. While the wider landscape and diverse habitats, within an urban setting provide plenty of opportunities for higher key stage and FE students. We offer a programme of curriculum linked environmental education activities (please see the website), which can be adapted for special needs students. To book a visit and discuss your requirements, please contact the Centre staff.


Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve
Lorton Lane

Contact Details

Main contact:
Samantha Dallimore
01305 816546


  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Outdoor classroom, picnic area, wildlife play area & carpark. Access to the reserve is not suitable for coaches, but accessible for minibuses and pedestrians (approx. 10 minute walk from drop-off point).

Delivery Items

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


Early Years and Key Stages 1 & 2 - I class per session:
1 hour = £1.40/pupil, min charge £30
2 hours = £2.50/pupil, min charge £60
4hours = £4.50/pupil, min charge £90
Key Stage 3 & 4: £1.50/student/hour.
A Level & FE: £2/student/hour.

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