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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.

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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

Mike Dilger Visits Attenborough

Sunday 11th December 2016

Mike Dilger, a resident wildlife expert on BBC’s The One Show will be visiting Attenborough Nature Reserve to meet visitors and sign copies of his latest book, Nightingales in November. Mike is visiting in his capacity as a Vice President of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, a position held due to his close links with the county stretching back to his time at the University of Nottingham. Come along for this unique opportunity to meet him in the south of the county between 10am and 1pm and obtain of a signed copy of his book.


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 7th January 2017

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, £6 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 8th January 2017

Join 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


Winter Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 14th January 2017

A walk for those who wish to improve their identification of winter birds using sight and sound. 9 - 11am. £6 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Winter

Saturday 14th January 2017

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8.30am to 11.30am, £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 21st January 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151
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Winter Bird Identification Course

Sunday 29th January 2017

This course focuses on the wildfowl, waders and other winter visitors at Attenborough. You’ll improve your birdwatching and winter bird identification skills.  10am – 3pm. £35 per person including refreshments, lunch and ID chart. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Sunday 29th January 2017

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


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Winter

Saturday 4th February 2017

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8.30am to 11.30am, £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 4th February 2017

Join us as we celebrate World Wetland Day to find out about our amazing wetland wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


World Wetlands Day

Saturday 4th February 2017

Find out about our special wetland at Attenborough with winter duck walks and family activities. Drop in from 11am – 4pm.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 5th February 2017

Join 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


Stargazing

Friday 10th February 2017

Come along and see Attenborough transformed at night. Gaze at the stars using powerful telescopes, fun space activities, and learn about nature at night. Some activities will be weather dependent. 5.30 – 9.30pm. £10 per person.


Winter Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 11th February 2017

A walk for those who wish to improve their identification of winter birds using sight and sound. 9 - 11am. £6 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Winter Tree Identification

Sunday 12th February 2017

Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve. 10am – 3pm. £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Love Your Birds

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Become a feathered explorer learning about the birds of Attenborough on our special bird trail. Suitable for children aged 4 and over.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Nest Box-making

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Make a nest box and take it home for your garden. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1.30 – 3.30pm. £10 per box. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Nest Box-making

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Make a nest box and take it home for your garden. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1.30 – 3.30pm. £10 per box. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Love Your Birds

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Become a feathered explorer learning about the birds of Attenborough on our special bird trail. Suitable for children aged 4 and over.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Love Your Birds

Thursday 16th February 2017

Make bird cake, bird masks and go on a bird trail. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in between 10.30am and 2.30pm. £3 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Love Your Birds

Friday 17th February 2017

Make bird cake, bird masks and go on a bird trail. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in between 10.30am and 2.30pm. £3 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Saturday 18th February 2017

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. Continues 19 February, 10am – 4pm daily.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 25th February 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151
(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Winter Bird Identification Course

Sunday 26th February 2017

This course focuses on the wildfowl, waders and other winter visitors at Attenborough. You’ll improve your birdwatching and winter bird identification skills.  10am – 3pm. £35 per person including refreshments, lunch and ID chart. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Sunday 26th February 2017

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


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Play Attenborough

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Join us for a Forest School-inspired session in the woods! Play, explore, imagine and create! An exciting new theme each week! Suitable for 2-4yr olds. 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 4th March 2017

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, £6 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


An Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Spring

Saturday 4th March 2017

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8.30am to 11.30am, £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Play Attenborough

Thursday 9th March 2017

Join us for a Forest School-inspired session in the woods! Play, explore, imagine and create! An exciting new theme each week! Suitable for 2-4yr olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10am – 12 noon. £6 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


News from Attenborough

Another first for much loved Nottinghamshire nature reserve

Thursday 1st September 2016

Attenborough Nature Reserve continues to reveal new species thanks to the eagle eyed staff.

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Attenborough Exhibits Michael Warren Originals

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Renowned wildlife artist to hold special exhibition to raise funds for work at much loved Attenborough Nature Reserve over 50th Anniversary weekend.

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Springtime is here at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Thursday 24th March 2016

Shake off those winter cobwebs and get back to nature this April with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. There is a packed schedule of events with a variety of activities suitable for the whole family and wildlife lovers of all ages and interests are encouraged to get involved and try something different.

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Wildlife Trusts Reserves Come 1st & 2nd in Britain’s favourite nature reserve

Thursday 4th February 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is proud to announce that it’s Attenborough Nature Reserve has been chosen by voters in LandLove Magazine’s Awards as Britain’s second favourite nature reserve.

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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.

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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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