How to get to Besthorpe
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From the A1133 between Newark and Gainsborough, take the southernmost of two turns into Besthorpe village, and then follow Trent Lane. The car park is signposted off Trent Lane. For SatNav purposes, use NG23 7HL
Sitting alongside the River Trent in the heart of Trent Vale, Besthorpe Nature Reserve is a great example of how former industrial sites can have a new lease of life as havens for wildlife. Part of a major gravel extraction site, Besthorpe Nature Reserve is now a mix of open water with islands, reedbeds, shingle and valuable wet grassland attracting a wide range of wildlife. Breeding birds include reed and sedge warblers and other birds, such as kingfisher and little egret, are frequently seen. Wild flowers include common cudweed, kidney vetch and orchids. In spring and summer, butterflies, including brown argus can be enjoyed.
The southern part of the reserve features two wildflower meadows, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The meadows are a haven for plants such as Yorkshire fog, great burnet and pepper saxifrage. Sheep are used to graze the meadows to maintain the diversity of wild flowers and grasses. The reserve is also home to an inland colony of cormorants and one of the largest and most important heronries in Nottinghamshire.
Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £sign.]
Paths, boardwalks and viewing hides are available for walkers and birdwatchers.
Open at all times.