Arne Nature Reserve (RSPB)
A special landscape where you can enjoy the vast open heathland with an opportunity for bird watching. A fantastic place for family walks at any time of year. One of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK's native reptiles can be found.
Across the road is the RSPB Cafe & Shop.
Visit the RSPB website
What makes it special
- Open heathland good for walks and bird watching
- One place where all 6 native reptiles are found
The reserve is open at all times.
November to March - 08:30 to 18:00
April to October - 08:30 to 22:00
The Welcome Hut - 09:00 to 16:30
Shop - 09:30 to 17:00
Cafe - 09:30 to 16:30
Free entrance to all
Car park cost:
Free for RSPB members
£5 for non members
£15 for Coach and Minibus
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