Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

Thank you for helping us raise over £1 million for the Attenborough Nature Reserve Lifeline Appeal

Thank you! With the public's amazing response to the appeal we have successfully raised the funds we need to purchase and safeguard the long-term future of over 200 hectares of habitats. 

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Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

After this week's flooding the Nature Centre is back open for business. Thank you for your patience. 


Attenborough Nature Reserve was established in 1966 and opened by Sir David Attenborough.

The reserve is a beautiful complex of flooded former gravel pits and islands providing exceptional habitat for a range of wildlife.

Attenborough Nature Centre is an award winning visitor and education facility surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve.

With waymarked trails, bird hides, a nature garden, shop and café, there is always plenty to do during your visit to Attenborough.

Will you help us look after this special place?

Any further donations will help us to look after this special place for wildlife and visitors
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Upcoming events at Attenborough...

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Heather Keetley


Enjoy a brew with a view!

Our café offers stunning views of the lakes at Attenborough and has balcony seating directly over the water.

Dig in to a wide range of hot and cold foods and daily homemade specials. Perhaps indulge in a cream tea or a slice of one of our delicious cakes while you’re at it.

We offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options and pride ourselves on accommodating special dietary needs where possible.

Breakfast is served until 11am, specials until 3pm, and we stop serving everything else 30 minutes before closing.

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Heather Keetley


Our shop sells a wide range of nature related items from optics, gifts and souvenirs to nest boxes, hedgehog homes and bird feeders. 

All profits go to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust charity.

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Family activities

We have lots of wonderful ways for families to enjoy the outdoors together, including discovering habitats, arts and crafts sessions, exploring our trails in search of wildlife and much more.

Take a look at our upcoming events to find activities for you and your family...

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Inspired by the natural world © Ben Hall

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)

Room hire

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Christopher Terry

WILD Birthday Parties

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Wild Tots

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Wild Tots

These outdoor sessions are full of activities for tots such as stories, wildlife art, games, searching for wildlife, trails and more.

Designed to get children outdoors and enjoying nature.

Suitable for children aged 2-4 years.

Find the next session on our events listings.

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Wild Kids

©WildNet Paul Harris

Wild Kids

Join us for an afternoon of outdoor activities.

These sessions are packed full of activities including games, natural art, searching for wildlife, woodland workshops and much more.

Suitable for children aged 4-8 years.

Find the next session on our events listings.

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Green Ranger 5

Young Rangers

Are you young and want to make a difference for nature? Do you enjoy getting outdoors and like the idea of helping manage our nature reserves?

These great monthly volunteer sessions are normally half a day long and aimed at young people aged 13 - 19 years.

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Wildlife Watch boy with Magnifying glass cpt Emma Bradshaw

© Emma Bradshaw

Wildlife Watch

Our Wildlife Watch club offers a fun, wild and fantastic time for children aged 8 - 12 years old. 

We meet at Attenborough Nature Reserve on the 3rd Sunday of each month between 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

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School Group at Attenborough Nature Reserve

School and Community Groups

The Engagement Team are developing a new menu of activities for all ages so watch this space!