Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Car park: There is no RSPB car park here. There are three Dorset Council run car parks close to the site:
- Lodmoor Country Park - pay and display car park including 15 Blue Badge spaces.
- Overcombe car park at Heron Close on the eastern side of reserve.
- Street parking on Southdown Avenue on the north side of reserve.
Fetive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk
- Christmas Day: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk
- Boxing Day: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
There is no RSPB car park here. There are three Dorset Council run car parks close to the site:
How to get here
Weymouth is the nearest station, 1 mile (1.6 km) from reserve.
There is a frequent local service to Overcombe Corner, Lodmoor Country Park, 1 mile (1.6 km) from Weymouth seafront (Kings statue).
This reserve is on Route 26 of the National Cycle Network.
North-east of Weymouth, it is 1 mile (1.6 km) from Weymouth town centre, situated adjacent to the A3155 (Preston Road). There is parking available at 3 car parks near the reserve. They are all council run, Lodmoor Country Park, to the west of the reserve, Heron Close, at the eastern end of the reserve, or street parking on Southdown Avenue on the north side of the reserve.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the designated dog friendly trails on the nature reserve. Please keep to the designated routes only.
Please keep your dog on a short lead at all times due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here.
The special surroundings at Lodmoor are wonderful havens for rare wildlife so we’ve created designated dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy.
Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator. Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead.
- There are no dog waste bins on the nature reserve, we ask that you please take dog waste home with you to dispose of.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
- If you require an ‘off-lead’ walk please see Dorset Council’s dog walking areas. The nearest areas to Lodmoor are Pavilion Beach and Preston Beach in the designated areas.
Group booking information
We welcome group visits to Lodmoor. The reserve does not have any on-site staff to welcome the group, but you can get the latest information about the reserve and wildlife from the team at our nearby Discovery Centre at Radipole Lake in Weymouth.
There are three council run car parks close to the reserve, Lodmoor Country Park can accommodate coaches. For further details, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.