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

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

We started using grazing animals to help us manage the site in 2011.  You can spot them usually between September and April.  Find out more about how we care for our natural spaces by reading our management plan.

There are occasional guided walks around Iford Meadows throughout the year. The site is mainly grassland and it can be muddy and uneven so it's not suitable for wheelchairs.

Use our map to find out where Iford Meadows and our other parks and nature reserves are.

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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 free to use.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 13 years to 19 years
Booking Information:
Booking is not required.