Bird watchers at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Being Human

Discover the 'Hidden Attenborough': wildlife & people on a much loved nature reserve

Event details


11:00am - 5:00pm
A static map of Being Human

About the event

Discover the hidden corners and secret stories of Attenborough Nature Reserve on the banks of the River Trent.

Join us at one of the East Midlands’ most popular and best loved nature reserves as we explore what makes this unique wildlife site so popular and consider why it means so much to so many people.

Throughout the day we will have a series of walks and talks that will shed new light on the site’s history, wildlife and management, as well as exhibits including archaeological treasures uncovered during almost a century of sand and gravel extraction. Items found on the reserve include worked flints, medieval coins and even mammoth teeth! 

This unique event in collaboration with the University of Nottingham will celebrate the site’s wildlife and provide an insight into how the reserve was shaped and the people who shaped it.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see


Know before you go


On a lead
Only assistance dogs are allowed in the centre


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities