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This countryside around Kingcombe is a window into an earlier time before modern farming. It boasts small fields, ancient grassland and areas of bog.

The nature reserve comprises over 100 hectares of unimproved grassland with ancient hedgerows, areas of scrub and mature trees.

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Spring is when plants burst into growth and the first flowers bloom. Grasslands are a great place to see this natural spectacle.

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  • Visit spring meadows and enjoy wild walks with unprecedented displays of wild flowers.

Kingcombe - Visitor Guide


Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ.


Old Henley Farm, Buckland Newton Dorchester, Dorset.

Postcode DT2 OEQ

01305 264620


Old Henley Farm - 01300 345293


01305 251120

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Dorset Wildlife Trust -


Badger watching at Old Henley Farm.

Ordnance Survey:OS grid reference: SY554991
Key attractions:

Talks and walks. Wild flower spotting. Nature watching.

Essential kit:

Walking shoes. Binoculars for bird watching.

Nature watching:

Kingcombe Meadows visitor centre. Guided walks. Dormouse talks and walks.


Old Henley Farm near Buckland Newton, north of Dorchester, offers Badger watching from a hide. Visit the website for more information.


Wheelchair friendly paths to the river, the bird-hide, the pond and dipping platform, the livestock barn, and the vegetable garden.


Induction loop system for hard of hearing visitors.

Getting there:

Take the Dorchester-Crewkerne road (A356) to Toller Porcorum and turn right in the village. Follow the signs to The Kingcombe Centre along Kingcombe Road, 1 mile to Lower Kingcombe. The Centre is located on your right after the Dorset Wildlife Trust.


Numerous parking space for cars and minibuses.


Nearest station - Maiden Newton (Bristol to Weymouth line) and then take a bus to the Centre. The Centre can usually arrange to meet you at one of the stations - ask well in advance.

Opening times:

Year round.


Depends on activities - some charges for residential courses.


Charge for Badger watching.

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