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Attenborough SSSI

Attenborough SSSI

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 SSSI

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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 SSSI

Easter Weekend Fun

Friday 18th April 2014

Follow the Easter nature trail to find out about wildlife in Spring and claim your prize at the end. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge. Available each day throughout the Easter weekend - concludes Monday 21 April.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Members-only - Attenborough’s Secret Garden

Saturday 26th April 2014

We are opening the gates again for a guided walk around the Delta, when you’ll get an exclusive look around one of the only areas of Attenborough Nature Reserve closed off to public access. 10.00am – 12 noon. No dogs please.
Contact: Membership Team 0115 958 8242


Attenborough Wildlife Watch Kids – Marvellous Minibeasts

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Join us as we explore the Reserve to find out about our amazing wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in 1.30pm – 3.30pm. £4 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Health Walk

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Get active and make new friends by joining us for a short, healthy walk around the Reserve. No dogs please. Meet at 10.00am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 4th May 2014

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


Weekend of Wildlife

Friday 9th May 2014

To celebrate the end of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, Attenborough Nature Reserve is holding a Weekend of Wildlife. This will start on Friday evening with a bird walk, moth trapping and a bat walk, and end with a family event on Sunday. Do join us!


Evening Bird Walk

Friday 9th May 2014

Join us for a guided walk around the Nature Reserve to start our weekend of wildlife watching. 5.00pm – 8.00pm. £2 per person.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bat Walk

Friday 9th May 2014

Join the Attenborough team for one of their popular bat watch events. Find out more about these fascinating creatures through an illustrated talk and look at some rescue bats, followed by a walk around the Reserve with bat detectors. 8.00pm – 10.30pm. £5 per person, including refreshments. Early booking is essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Moth Night

Friday 9th May 2014

Join our moth experts at Attenborough Nature Reserve as they trap and identify moths on the Reserve. 9.00 pm – 11.00pm, £2 per person. Bring a torch!
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Dawn Chorus Walk

Saturday 10th May 2014

Come along and experience the sights and sounds of Attenborough Nature Reserve at dawn as we walk around to hear the magnificent birdsong, followed by a delicious buffet breakfast at the Centre. Meet at 5.00am; £15 per person including breakfast. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 10th May 2014

Your chance to try out a range of equipment, such as binoculars, under real field conditions with expert advice on hand. 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


An Introduction to the World of Wildlife Photography

Saturday 10th May 2014

Learn how to photograph some of Attenborough’s wildlife. Suitable for beginners. 8.00am – 11.00am. £35 per person. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Watching

Saturday 10th May 2014

Come along to Attenborough for a day of wildlife watching, identification and recording with various walks and talks throughout the day. Details will be available on the website. 8.00am – 5.00pm.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777 http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk


Wildlife Family Fun

Sunday 11th May 2014

To conclude our Weekend of Wildlife, join us at Attenborough for a fun family day with a nature walk at 10.30am, a plant stall, help with bird ID in the hides and drop-in activities for the children. Learn how to record wildlife on the Reserve and in your own garden. 10.30am – 3.00pm. Travel to this event by train, bus or bike, and get a free gift.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Walking for Health

Tuesday 13th May 2014

Join the South Broxtowe Walk and Talk group and get active whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery and wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve. No dogs please. Meet 10.15am at the Nature Centre.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 17th May 2014

Join the Beeston Wildlife Group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10.00am – 1.00pm. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park, Barton Lane.
Contact: Bill Wheatley 0115 925 0208 or Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518


Painting the Wild Flowers of Attenborough

Saturday 24th May 2014

Bring along your watercolours for a morning drawing and painting the native flora to be found in this very special habitat. Suitable for beginners. 10.00am – 1.00pm; £10 per person; booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Half Term Holiday Club – Dip into Nature

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Come along and join us for some fun-filled games and activities and learn about the amazing wildlife that lives on or near the water at Attenborough. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Half Term Holiday Club – Dip into Nature

Thursday 29th May 2014

Come along and join us for some fun-filled games and activities and learn about the amazing wildlife that lives on or near the water at Attenborough. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Half Term Holiday Club – Dip into Nature

Friday 30th May 2014

Come along and join us for some fun-filled games and activities and learn about the amazing wildlife that lives on or near the water at Attenborough. Suitable for children aged 8 and over. 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


News from Attenborough SSSI

Bird feed funds our work

Saturday 26th October 2013

Walter Harrison’s, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of wild bird foods and accessories, has provided a major funding boost to our work thanks to sales of its range of bird food, feeders and bird care accessories.

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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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Royal visit a great success

Monday 23rd September 2013

HRH the Duke of Kent’s visit to Attenborough Nature Centre on Monday (23rd September) was a great success

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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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620, and counting…

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Great success of Attenborough BIG 50 event: 620 species recorded in one weekend, with over 60 species never before spotted on the reserve!

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Attenborough’s Big 50

Thursday 8th August 2013

To celebrate 50 years of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust we are holding a wildlife extravaganza and we hope to record at least 50 new species on this very special nature reserve. Join us at Attenborough for 50 hours of wildlife watching, recording and surveying.

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First Tree Bee nest at Attenborough - live on webcam!

Friday 28th June 2013

A nest of rare tree bees has been found inside a bird nestbox in the garden behind Attenborough Nature Centre. We’ve rigged up a webcam so you can watch the action live!

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4 Bitterns at Attenborough

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Four of these rare, elegant herons have been spotted at Attenborough Nature Reserve - despite the high waters and flooding across the UK this winter.

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Spot rare visitors at Attenborough

Thursday 30th August 2012

Attenborough is a hotspot for wildlife and so far this year there has been a string of unusual wildlife and rare visitors at this nature reserve.

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Attenborough voted 2nd best in Britain!

Thursday 30th August 2012

Attenborough Nature Reserve is officially Britain’s second best Nature Reserve in a national award scheme.

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Wild Summer Family Day this Sunday

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Join us for Attenborough Nature Reserve’s Wild Summer Family Day this Sunday 12 August.

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Vote for Attenborough!

Thursday 26th April 2012

We are delighted to announce that Attenborough Nature Reserve & Nature Centre is 1 of 10 across the country, shortlisted for an award searching for Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve!

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Nottingham Writers’ Studio poetry workshop!

Thursday 26th April 2012

On Saturday 5th May, Nottingham Writers’ Studio is calling all budding poets to come along to a workshop at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

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Live Reed Warbler nestbox cam at Attenborough Nature Centre

Thursday 16th June 2011

Those of you who enjoyed watching Peregrine Cam will be happy to hear that a new nestbox cam has been set up, this time available to watch inside Attenborough Nature Centre.

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Attenborough Calendar on sale

Friday 22nd October 2010

Twelve stunning amateur photographs of local wildlife feature in Attenborough Nature Centre’s new charity calendar – after a competition attracted more than 500 entries.

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Bittern’s Got Talent

Tuesday 26th January 2010

Local wildlife haven Attenborough Nature Reserve is calling upon budding photographers and local nature lovers to enter a unique wildlife photography competition.

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Cold brings rare birds to Attenborough

Tuesday 12th January 2010

Visitors to our Attenborough Nature Reserve have enjoyed a treat in recent days following the sighting of an unusually high number of rare bitterns. Whilst staff and volunteers would normally hope to see two or three birds each winter, the arrival of five birds has caused a real stir.
Click here to view a YouTube clip of one of the bitterns at Attenborough.

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Fact-sheets for Attenborough SSSI

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 SSSI 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.

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 

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.

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 

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.…

Watch the full clip on YouTube

 
 
 
 

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