Enjoy the luscious greenery of Attenborough Nature Reserve this summer
It’s a haven tucked away in the charming village of Attenborough, a stone’s throw from Beeston and close enough to Nottingham that it’s within comfortable driving distance or a short bus ride away. Despite its close proximity to well populated areas, Attenborough Nature Reserve thrives as one of the best homes to flora, fauna and animals not only in Nottinghamshire but the country as a whole. It’s an eco-friendly site that is self sufficient and kind to the surrounding environment.
Managed by the dedicated team at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Attenborough Nature Reserve is maintained all year round and attracts all sorts of wildlife from herons to pine martins. Earlier this year the nature reserve was named in the top 15 nature reserves by Countryfile Magazine and celebrated its 10th anniversary. It’s been a big year all in all and the momentum only continues for Attenborough as more and more people visit the site from across the UK to enjoy its wildlife. The job that the reserve plays for conservation and wildlife is crucial, especially in times when certain species are becoming endangered.
As a day out, it’s ideal for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors in order to let the kids burn off a bit of steam; with its many walking paths and trails, stretching through the greenery, waterways and wide open spaces. It’s the ideal chance for the little ones to fly a kite or ride a bike or get close to nature with monthly events and activities for them to enjoy. From bird watching to feeding the animals, there’s always something happening on the reserve. If you’re looking for somewhere to simply enjoy fresh air, the warm summer sun and the chance to stretch your legs then Attenborough has it all.
Visitors are also able to regularly take part in workshops on the site in the visitor centre or book themselves on organised group walks through the reserve. There’s a dedicated education facility at the rear of the visitor centre with its very own pond and bird feeding stations as well as much more to educate and inform visitors on the conservation techniques and backgrounds to the many inhabitants of the reserve. And while you’re there, make sure you taste the delights on offer in the cafe, with seating inside and out that overlooks the reserve and its calm, tranquil waters. The nature shop on site sells everything related to the great outdoors, from clothing or bird boxes, to gifts and souvenirs.
Why not make a visit to Attenborough Nature Reserve on your next visit to Nottinghamshire? Entry is free and the centre is only closed on Christmas Day. Visit the website to discover more and to see what’s on over the summer months.