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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

Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 4th May 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 7th May 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. Each month will have a different theme. 9 - 11am. £6 per person or all four walks for £20. Sat 4 Jun, Sat 9 Jul, Sat 6 Aug
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Saturday 7th May 2016

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. 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 Health Walk

Saturday 7th May 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


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 7th May 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


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 8th May 2016

Come along to experience the sights and sounds of Attenborough Nature Reserve at dawn as we walk around to hear the magnificent birdsong. 6.30am – 8.30am. £12 per person, booking is essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Tuesday 10th May 2016

This course covers the essential techniques required to assess wildlife habitats and sites using Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. This is suited to anyone wishing to carry out basic ecological surveys in relation to conservation, site management, planning and development. Includes practical application of the techniques. Venue: Attenborough Nature Reserve. Tutor: Debbie Alston CIEEM. Includes refreshments and lunch. 9am – 4pm, £45 per person. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


National Vegetation Classification (NVC)

Friday 13th May 2016

The NVC was developed in the 1990s and is seen as one of the main ways of classifying habitats using vegetation recorded within quadrats. Learn the background to the NVC, how it is used and interpreted, how to carry out an NVC survey and analyse NVC data. Includes classroom and practical sessions. Tutor: Debbie Alston CIEEM. 9am – 4pm, £45 per person, lunch and refreshments included. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Painting for Beginners

Saturday 14th May 2016

Bring along your watercolours and spend a day drawing flowers and plants on the Nature Reserve. There will be tuition in paint handling and colour mixing for those just starting out. If you are already a keen watercolourist the day will be structured to help you achieve lively and sensitive paintings directly from nature. Tutor: Kate Houghton. 10am – 4.30pm. Includes refreshments and lunch. £35, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Bats and Bat Detectors

Saturday 21st May 2016

Join our expert, Angelena, for an evening of bats at Attenborough. You’ll start with a talk about bat ecology, conservation and surveying then head out for a walk around the Reserve. Bat detectors will be available for you to use. You’ll also get 10% off our range of bat detectors and books in our shop. 8 – 10.30pm. £15.00 per person including refreshments and biscuits.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 21st May 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)


Summer Insect Walk for Beginners

Saturday 28th May 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and other insects of Attenborough. 9 – 11am. £6 each or four walks for £20. Other dates: 2 July, 30 July and 27 August.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Saturday 28th May 2016

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson at Attenborough as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. Continues 29th & 30th May. 10am – 4pm daily.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Holiday Club – Go Wild!

Tuesday 31st May 2016

Join us for some fun activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as we launch 30 DAYS WILD. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside. 
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Holiday Club – Go Wild!

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Join us for some fun activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as we launch 30 DAYS WILD.
Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.10.15am – 12.15pm, £5 per child. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside.  Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 4th June 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. Each month will have a different theme. 9 - 11am. £6 per person or all four walks for £20. Sat 7 May, Sat 9 Jul, Sat 6 Aug
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 5th June 2016

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


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 8th June 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 11th June 2016

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 Kids Attenborough

Saturday 11th June 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 11th June 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


Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Saturday 11th June 2016

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. Have exclusive use of Attenborough’s hides to capture the best shots. 8.30am - 11.30am. £35 per person. Includes tea and cake.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates

Tuesday 14th June 2016

A two day course covering survey methodologies, habitats and invertebrate associations, species-specific surveys, European Protected Species (NE and NRW Licensing), determining a site’s value, scoring systems ( ISIS (site assessment tool) and checking a species’ status (protected / notable / LBAP etc.). Includes a practical habitat assessment on the reserve. Tutor: David Goddard MCIEEM. Continues on 15 June. 9.30am – 5pm, includes refreshments and lunch on both days. £90 per person, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 18th June 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)


Bumblebees for Beginners

Saturday 25th June 2016

An introduction to Britain’s bumblebees. Learn why these declining species are so important to us. You’ll learn about the different species of bee and the skills you need to identify bees in your garden. 10am – 4pm. Includes lunch, refreshments and ID Chart. £35 per person, (£70 with Advanced Course on 26 June). Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bumblebee and Solitary Bee Identification

Sunday 26th June 2016

This course covers the biology, ecology, identification and surveying of Britain’s bumble and solitary bees. Emphasis will be placed on field identification, but some specimens will be available to view. Includes fieldwork and classroom elements. Tutor: David Goddard MCIEEM. 9.30am – 4.30pm. £45 Can be booked with the Beginners course (25th June) for £70.00. Includes lunch and refreshments, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Insect Walk for Beginners

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and other insects of Attenborough. 9 – 11am. £6 each or four walks for £20. Other dates: 28 May, 30 July and 27 August.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 2nd July 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 2nd July 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


Introduction to Grass Identification

Saturday 2nd July 2016

This day-long course, led by Graham Bowden, will cover the identification features of different grasses and their biology. The session will also include field work on the Reserve. £35, includes refreshments, lunch and ID Guide. 10am – 3pm.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Wildlife Photography

Saturday 2nd July 2016

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. Have exclusive use of Attenborough’s hides to capture the best shots. 8.30am - 11.30am. £35 per person. Includes tea and cake.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 3rd July 2016

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


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 6th July 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 9th July 2016

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


Dragonflies and Damselflies for Beginners

Saturday 9th July 2016

An introduction to Britain’s dragonflies and damselflies. Learn about the surprising diversity of these beautiful invertebrates through their biology and ecology. You’ll learn about the different species and use your new identification skills out on the reserve in the afternoon. Includes refreshments, lunch and ID Chart. 10am – 4pm. £35 per person, booking required. Can be booked with the Advanced Course (10th July) for £70.00.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 9th July 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. Each month will have a different theme. 9 - 11am. £6 per person or all four walks for £20. Sat 7 May, Sat 4 June, Sat 6 Aug
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Dragonflies and Damselflies Identification

Sunday 10th July 2016

This course covers the biology, ecology, identification and surveying of Britain’s dragonflies and damselflies. Emphasis will be placed on field identification, but some specimens will be available to view. Includes fieldwork and classroom elements. Tutor: David Goddard MCIEEM. 9.30am – 4.30pm. £45 per person (£70 if booked with Beginners Course 9 July). Booking required. Includes refreshments and lunch.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 16th July 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)


An Introduction to Poland’s Vegetative Key

Monday 18th July 2016

Through this two-day course you’ll learn how The Vegetative Key “works”, develop your knowledge of botanical terms, learn how to use the keys correctly (as well as learning a few shortcuts to ID), and gain in confidence in identifying plants without flowers. This course will assume that you have some knowledge of botany and botanical terms but that you have limited knowledge of using The Vegetative Key. Continued on 19 July. 9.30am - 4.30pm. £90.00 including refreshments and lunch on both days, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Insect Walk for Beginners

Saturday 30th July 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and other insects of Attenborough. 9 – 11am. £6 each or four walks for £20. Other dates: 28 May, 2 July, and 27 August.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Thursday 4th August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Health Walk

Saturday 6th August 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


Summer Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 6th August 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. Each month will have a different theme. 9 - 11am. £6 per person or all four walks for £20. Sat 7 May, Sat 4 Jun, Sat 9 Jul.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 7th August 2016

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


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Thursday 11th August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Asteraceae - Getting to Grips with Dandelion Lookalikes

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Through this course you’ll learn about the key features of the Asteraceae (daisy family), develop your knowledge of the key features for identifying dandelion lookalikes, use a range of keys to decide which genus they belong to, and gain confidence in identifying them. The course leaders will assume you have knowledge of botany and botanical terms. Tutor: Margaret Crittenden. 9.30am - 4pm. £45.00 including refreshments and lunch. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Wildlife Explorers

Thursday 18th August 2016

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £5 per child, booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 20th August 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)


Family Weekend of Wildlife

Saturday 20th August 2016

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Attenborough Nature Reserve with a weekend of wildlife walks and talks and fun activities to get you close to nature. Continues on 21 August. 11am – 4pm each day. Booking essential.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Pond Dipping for Families

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Join us to discover the amazing life in our ponds here at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15 – 11.15am. £3 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Pond Dipping for Families

Thursday 25th August 2016

Join us to discover the amazing life in our ponds here at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our wonderful wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! 10.15 – 11.15am. £3 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Summer Insect Walk for Beginners

Saturday 27th August 2016

Join experts for a focused guided walk around the Reserve. You’ll be taught the skills you need to identify the butterflies, bees, dragonflies and other insects of Attenborough. 9 – 11am. £6 each or four walks for £20. Other dates: 28 May, 2 July, and 30 July.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bugs and Bears Picnic

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Bring along a picnic and your favourite bear for some wild activities in our beautiful meadow. Suitable for all the family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that some activities take place outside so come dressed for the weather! Drop in between 11am and 2pm.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


News from Attenborough

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/

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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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