Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

Attenborough Centre NottsWT cpt Robert Mackin

Robert Mackin

Attenborough Nature Reserve and Centre

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Attenborough Nature Reserve was established in 1966 and was opened by Sir David Attenborough. This much loved, nationally important site is best known for its birds with over 250 species recorded, but also provides a home for hundreds of species of plant and insects. It is cited as one of the best places in the UK to see kingfisher and is also home to rare wildlife including bitterns and otters. The reserve attracts around 500,000 visitors each year and holds a special place in the hearts of many – with families having visited for three generations.

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Changes to Angling at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Following the decision by Nottinghamshire Anglers Association (NAA) not to renew their option on the fishing rights at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have today, 31st May 2022, announced a 12 month suspension of all fishing permits at the site.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, a registered charity, has a longstanding policy of not allowing angling on land for which it holds the angling rights. These rights transferred to the Trust when the land was purchased in December 2020. However, due to the long working relationship with NAA, the Trust was open to renewing the arrangement subject to a reduction in the number of fishing spots or ‘pegs' - in keeping with the charity’s objectives of managing the reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, to enhance its wildlife value. We respect NAA’s decision not to renew the agreement on new terms and would like to thank to them for their support and cooperation over many years.

We understand that this decision will bring disappointment to anglers who have regularly fished at the reserve, but ask all anglers to respect the suspension and refrain from fishing until further notice. During the coming period the Trust will be undertaking work along the banks of the lakes and ponds to allow bankside habitat to regenerate, to benefit wildlife. The pause will also give time to consider options for the future.

Avian Flu: advice for visitors

The current strain of avian Flu reported in the UK (H5) is very low risk to humans.

The disease is transmitted from bird to bird, so we have been advised that there is no health risk to humans visiting our Reserves, as long as you do not touch any birds.

As an additional measure to prevent birds congregating whilst being fed by visitors we are asking people not to feed birds at the reserve whilst Avian Flu cases are high. We recognise that people enjoy feeding the birds, especially children and families, but believe that the current situation requires a cautionary approach. Whilst providing a welcome treat, supplementary feeding is not essential for reserve’s wild birds. We have temporarily suspended the sale of bird corn.

Find out what to do if you find a dead, sick or injured bird

Dogs on nature reserves

We love dogs but wildlife less so!

We welcome dogs on leads at the reserve, with assistance dogs in the centre, however, dogs are welcome on the cafe balcony too.

Dogs on nature reserves

David Attenborough opening Attenborough Nature Centre in 2005

David Attenborough opening Attenborough Nature Centre in 2005

"Everybody needs to have a lifeline to the natural world, and as our towns and villages become larger, they’re becoming increasingly hard to find…the survival and flourishing of places like this demands continuous work and attention."

Sir David Attenborough (talking about Attenborough Nature Reserve)

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