Summer of Wildlife
With the BBC Nottingham’s Summer of Wildlife launching this week, it’s the perfect time to get involved and visit the best places to see wildlife in Nottinghamshire. Attenborough Nature Reserve, Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest offer ideal habitats to a range of wildlife, and make for the perfect family day out.
Managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Attenborough Nature Reserve was listed in the top ten eco destinations in the world by BBC Wildlife Magazine. Families have been visiting this site for years to enjoy the views and walks, as well as spotting birds, a range of fish, damselflies, dragonflies, zebra and swan mussels, amphibians such as newts and a wide range of plants.
Clumber Park is home to 3,800 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a beautiful lake and provides a haven for wildlife. This National Trust was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle, and even though the house was demolished in 1938, there are glimpses of its magnificent past to explore. We recommend the lakeside walk, which is a 5 mile route taking in some of the park’s highlights.
Just 20 miles north of Nottingham, Sherwood Forest extends over 181 square miles from Worksop to Nottingham and is the famous home of Robin Hood legends. The Sherwood Forest Trust secures the long-term future of the natural area by restoring its ancient heritage landscapes for the benefit of people and wildlife. Visit Sherwood Forest Country Park to see the Major Oak and learn about its unique wildlife.
If it’s an arranged tour you’re after then Verdant Wildlife offer fantastic regular tours of Nottinghamshire landscapes and aim to give their clients the best possible wildlife watching experience without jeopardising the welfare of the wildlife.
The D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre has brought back their Wildlife Workshop after a popular demand. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to see and touch a range of wildlife including rabbits, snakes, frogs and even spiders! The event also includes an animal themed trail and have-a-go animal arts and crafts.
On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August, BBC Radio Nottingham are marking 50 Hours of Wildlife Watching and are asking for you to send photos of your favourite wildlife spots in Nottingham or wildlife spotted in your garden. To get involved, email your photos taken on 10 & 11 August to Hannah.Meredith@bbc.co.uk and put Summer of Wildlife in the subject line. The best will be posted on their Facebook page.
Plus, on 17 August, BBC Radio Nottingham is running a summer extravaganza at Wollaton Park, so why not brush up on your camera work at this FREE event.
Where are your favourite wildlife places to visit in Nottinghamshire?