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Attenborough

Attenborough

This beautiful complex of flooded former gravel pits and islands provides 360 acres of exceptional habitat for a wide range of plants, birds and other wildlife. The Nature Reserve is nationally designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the award-winning Nature Centre is an ideal gateway to this natural haven.

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How to get to Attenborough

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Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve are situated just off the A6005 between Beeston and Long Eaton (SK515339). Turn onto Barton Lane at the traffic lights at Chilwell Retail Park (McDonalds and Porcelanosa). Follow Barton Lane with the Village Hotel on your left, over the railway crossing and the car park is at the bottom. You can also follow the brown tourist signs from the A52 between the M1 exit at junction 25 and Bardill’s Garden Centre. For SatNav purposes use NG9 6DY.

Why not explore this nearby reserve? Chilwell Meadow

 

Click here to find out more about the award-winning Attenborough Nature Centre at the heart of the reserve.

We are being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue to improve the visitor experience and facilities at Attenborough Nature Centre and are very keen to get your feedback. Please help us by taking part in this survey

Attenborough Nature Reserve was established in 1966 and opened by Sir David Attenborough. It owes its current appearance to gravel and sand extraction and careful restoration work. Extraction began in 1929, and still takes place today just upstream of the nature reserve. The material left over after the extraction process formed the various islands and shallows which, together with the open water, created a mosaic of habitats that are attractive to many different birds. Between the ponds are drier areas of scrub and grassland as well as native willow trees.

The reserve is best known for its birds. The area is an important site for winter wildfowl and often holds a high proportion of the county's shoveler and diving ducks, with larger numbers of mallard, teal, and occasionally wigeon. Scarcer wildfowl such as sawbills and sea ducks are recorded regularly and cormorants are common. All the British grebes have been recorded. In the spring and autumn, many migrants birds pass through and the Delta area attracts a wide range of waders in small numbers including the iconic bittern. In the summer, the breeding birds include great crested grebe, shelduck, little ringed plover and common tern. A substantial population of reed and sedge warblers, and some rarer species such as grasshopper warbler, may also be present.

As well as discovering the birdlife of Attenborough, lots of other wildlife can be found on the reserve. In the spring and summer the reserve is a hive of activity with butterflies visiting the many wild flowers and dragonflies and damselflies hunting and patrolling the water’s edge. Foxes, voles, shrews, harvest mice, otters and bats also make their home here in the reserve.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers work hard to maintain and develop the diverse habitats at Attenborough. This includes maintenance of the footpath network and public areas, as well as designated areas of restricted access (such as the Delta Sanctuary) where the diversity of habitats and associated flora and fauna must be maintained. Much work has been done around the reserve to create new reedbeds and extend existing ones, and to re-landscape specific areas of the reserve to attract and encourage more wildlife.

Facilities

The Nature Centre is a great place to discover more about the reserve and its wonderful wildlife, as well as enjoying the interactive displays, shop and café facilities. Attenborough’s three hides (one of which is raised for the perfect vantage point) are ideal places to observe the birdlife without disturbing their peaceful habitat.
There is ample car parking and the majority of the reserve is wheelchair-accessible. Visitors can follow one of the two signposted walking routes around the reserve, or join in one of the regular guided walks.
 

We are being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue to improve the visitor experience and facilities at Attenborough Nature Centre and are very keen to get your feedback. Please help us by taking part in this survey

Why not visit the Nature Centre website for more information: www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk

Opening times

Access to the Nature Reserve: 7am-dusk

Nature Centre opening times:

SPRING & SUMMER (April – October)
Weekdays: 10am – 5pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 9am – 6pm
AUTUMN & WINTER (November – March)
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 9am – 6pm
Christmas Eve 10am - 3pm
Only closed on Christmas Day
(Times subject to change)

 

Events at Attenborough

Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 13th February 2016

Join the Group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Martin Butler 0115 925 1197 or Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Winter Tree Identification

Saturday 13th February 2016

Learn how to identify Britain’s trees without using leaves or flowers. You’ll gain the skills you need to recognise Britain’s trees by using just twigs and bark. Spend the morning in the classroom and then put your new skills into practise on the Reserve in the afternoon. £20 per person. Includes refreshments and lunch.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


50th Anniversary Celebration Event

Sunday 14th February 2016

Join us for a day-long celebration of this much loved nature reserve as we kick off our 50th Anniversary year. There will be activities and displays throughout the day, and in the evening we’ll be lighting up the Nature Centre to round off a special day in spectacular fashion.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777 http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk


Attenborough Holiday Club – Helping Birds

Tuesday 16th February 2016

Have fun building a nest box, making some bird food, and discovering more about Attenborough’s feathery visitors. Drop in between 10.15am and 12.15pm, £10 per family to include one nest box.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Helping Birds

Thursday 18th February 2016

Have fun building a nest box, making some bird food, and discovering more about Attenborough’s feathery visitors. Drop in between 10.15am and 12.15pm, £10 per family to include one nest box.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Winter Bird Walk

Saturday 20th February 2016

Join other members for a walk around the Reserve to see some of the wildfowl that have travelled large distances to spend the winter in warmer climes, such as Attenborough, as well as our resident birds. Meet at the Nature Centre at 10am. Booking essential.
Contact: Membership Team 0115 958 8242


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 25th February 2016

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in our woods! Mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for children aged 2 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon, £6 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 27th February 2016

Your chance to try out a range of equipment, such as binoculars, under real field conditions with expert advice on hand. 10am - 4pm.
Contact:  Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Winter Bird ID for Beginners

Saturday 27th February 2016

Join our experts and learn how to identify winter migrants and wildfowl through classroom and outdoor elements. 10am - 3pm. £35 per person including refreshments, lunch and ID chart.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £5 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited and note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in our woods! Mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for children aged 2 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon, £6 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 5th March 2016

Join us as we explore Attenborough Nature Reserve to find out about our amazing wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child. No need to book.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Health Walk

Saturday 5th March 2016

Get active and make new friends whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve by joining us for a short healthy walk for up to an hour. Please come dressed for the weather and wear stout shoes or boots. No dogs please. Meet at the Nature Centre for a 10am start.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 5th March 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the birds of Attenborough using sight and sound. 9 – 11am. £6 per person.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Saturday 5th March 2016

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around Attenborough Nature Reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment as well as Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. Have exclusive use of Attenborough’s hides to capture the best shots. 8.30am to 11.30am. £35 per person. Includes tea and cake.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 6th March 2016

Join some of the wardens for a walk around the Reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 10th March 2016

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in our woods! Mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for children aged 2 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon, £6 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 17th March 2016

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in our woods! Mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for children aged 2 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon, £6 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Broxtowe Family Weekend

Saturday 19th March 2016

Join us for two days of wild activities for all the family to enjoy here at Attenborough Nature Reserve. Continues 20 March. Drop in from 11am – 3pm each day for these free events.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 24th March 2016

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in our woods! Mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for children aged 2 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon, £6 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 26th March 2016

Join the Group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Martin Butler 0115 925 1197 or Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Your chance to try out a range of equipment, such as binoculars, under real field conditions with expert advice on hand. 10am - 4pm.
Contact:  Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the birds of Attenborough using sight and sound. 9 – 11am. £6 per person.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Join some of the wardens for a walk around the Reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Signs of Spring

Tuesday 5th April 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities and find out more about the wonderful wildlife around the reserve. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £5 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited and note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Signs of Spring

Thursday 7th April 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities and find out more about the wonderful wildlife around the reserve. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Woodland Wildlife

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities and find out more about the wonderful wildlife around the reserve.
Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please book in advance. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Woodland Wildlife

Thursday 14th April 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities and find out more about the wonderful wildlife around the reserve.
Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please book in advance. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Join the Group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Martin Butler 0115 925 1197 or Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


News from Attenborough

The eyes have it

Monday 11th January 2016

A species of flatworm, so new to science it doesn’t even have a name yet, has recently been confirmed at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham…..

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Wildlife Trust Wetland Wildlife Weekend

Thursday 19th November 2015

This weekend, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015 is the Wildlife Trusts Wetland Wildlife Weekend.

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Much loved nature reserve gears up for another ‘Bioblitz’

Monday 15th June 2015

Staff and volunteers at Nottinghamshire Wildlife’s Attenborough Nature Reserve are gearing up for their annual wildlife surveying spectacular, an event known as a Bioblitz. The aim of the two day event is to gather data on a range of wild species, from plants and insects to birds, mammals and fish to help ensure that the site is in good heatlth and to help shape decisions about the future management of the site. Speaking about the Bioblitz, Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Survey records are the starting point for all good conservation work. We need to know what species are living on a site in order to be able to make informed decsions about how it should be managed. On an established nature reserve such as Attenborough, regular species surveys help us to check if management is working and helps us spot positive and negative trends in species populations. If we notice that a species is on the increase this may be a sign that management is working or if we note species are in decline we can sometimes do more to help them. The other real benefit of Bioblitz events is that people get to see, enjoy and learn about a wide range of species.

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Bittern Young at Attenborough!

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Wildlife Trust hopes that first time breeding success could be the start of a mini bittern population boom.

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Join us as we celebrate 10 years of success at Attenborough Nature Centre

Friday 13th March 2015

Join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as we celebrate 10 years of success at the Attenborough Nature Centre. Our ‘birthday’ weekend on March 21st & 22nd will be packed with family friendly activities and great opportunities to enjoy the site’s wildlife.

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Rare Bat roost found at Attenborough

Thursday 10th October 2013

A rare migratory bat, the Nathusius’ pipistrelle, has been discovered roosting for the first time in Nottinghamshire.

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Tern up for the books

Thursday 12th September 2013

The arrival of a rare white-winged black tern has caused real excitement at Attenborough Nature Reserve in the past few days.

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Fact-sheets for Attenborough

Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitor Information

Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitor Information

Click to download a printable Visitor Information pack, including a map showing the layout of the nature reserve and walking trails.

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Attenborough photo gallery:

Video

Atmospheric Attenborough

A video highlighting the sights and sounds of our atmospheric Attenborough Nature reserve, created by one of our wonderful volunteers Russell Bingley[http://youtube.com/user/rustick http://www.behance.net/russellbingley].

For more information about Attenborough please go to
http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/
http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/attenborough-sssi/

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 

Attenborough Nature Reserve Aerial Video

An Aerial video of Attenborough Nature Reserve filmed by Stuart Eggerton and Suzanne Hemsley.  Filmed with a radio contolled model glider and a GoPro video camera.

Music by Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

For more information on the reserve please go to
http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/
http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 

Bridge over Troubled Water - Building the bridge over the floods to Attenborough Nature Centre 2012

When staff at Attenborough Nature Centre, Nottingham, arrived at work on Tuesday 27th November, they were in for a big surprise…flooding overnight had created a 30 metre lake, blocking access to the popular tourist attraction. Despite having to close for the day, our staff fought back, determined that the Centre would not be inaccesible for much longer. So, armed with only a few pairs of wellies, in only 2 hours,…

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Birds galore! Attenborough Nature Reserve - view from Kingfisher Hide

Ever wondered what you’ll see if you sit in a bird hide at feeding time? This wonderful video captures the view from Attenborough Nature Reserve’s Kingfisher Hide, as the birds enjoy the feeding table. Attenborough is one of over 70 reserves managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Find out more: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org
Thanks to www.jackperksphotography.co.uk for this lovely video. Jack is one Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s volunteers.

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 

reed warbler cam at Attenborough Nature Centre

Attenborough have rigged up a camera on a reed warbler nest playing live in the cafe.  There are 5 eggs and we expect them to hatch any day.

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grebe dance

Great Crested Grebes courting ritual from Attenborough Nature reserve,
Nottinghamshire

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Promotional Video

A short film about the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The film was shown as part of the Community Channels Untold Stories series. It was produced under the Volunteer Films scheme,  in which small charities are given the opportunity to work with volunteers in the TV and Video production industry.

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Bittern at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Footage of the rare and elusive bittern taken by Paul Wetton at Notts Wildlife Trust’s Attenborough Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Nottingham in January 2010. This bird is one of up to seven bitterns have been spotted at Attenborough Nature Reserve in early January 2010. Reserve spokesman Tim Sexton said: “It is extremely exciting news for the reserve as they are probably the most rare bird in the UK.…

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