December 2020 update
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust now owns Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this dream, including Biffa Award.
The future of the Reserve is now in our hands.
Summer 2020 update
Thank you to everyone who is helping to make the purchase of Attenborough Nature Reserve by Nottinghamshire Wildlfe Trust possible. Including Biffa Award.
We have been absolutely blown away by the public’s response to our Attenborough Nature Reserve Lifeline Appeal. Over 4000 people from across the UK have made donations in the past few weeks and thanks to their generosity, and that our grant funder Biffa Award, we are now confident that this wonderful nature reserve will be forever safe in our hands.
The Lifeline appeal has been successful in securing the funds we need to purchase and care for the reserve, helping to safeguard the long-term future of over 200 hectares of habitats - reaching our £1 million target in just 10 weeks. We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the public which helped enable us to proceed with our plans to buy the land we have cared for over 50 years.
Further donations will help us look after Attenborough Nature Reserve, a site which connects people and wildlife like no other, by restoring habitats, maintaining access routes and facilities for visitors and supporting our volunteers. Thank you.
Attenborough Nature Reserve is a symbol of hope in a challenging world. It is a natural oasis at the edge of a big city, full of remarkable and beautiful birds and other wildlife. Please give as generously as you can to help us make sure this place is forever safe in the hands of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.President Emeritus, The Wildlife Trusts
Can you provide a lifeline for Attenborough Nature Reserve?
It may come as a surprise to know that despite being cared for by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for almost six decades, Attenborough Nature Reserve still belongs to aggregates company CEMEX UK. Following intensive negotiations with the company we have secured an opportunity to buy the reserve.
Thanks to a major grant from Biffa Award and over 4000 individual donations, we have raised over £1,133,000. Donations have been made from as far as the Isles of Scilly and Shetland.
We are still accepting donations which will go towards the continued work maintaining the site for wildlife and visitors.
How to Donate
For overseas donations, please use the details below. Thank you!
Donate as a gift!
You can also now donate as a gift by following the online donation form.
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Will you help us look after this special place?
Sir David Attenborough backs the Lifeline Appeal
“Everyone needs a lifeline to the natural world and that’s exactly what you’ll find here at Attenborough Nature Reserve.
As our towns and cities become larger, finding places where wildlife flourishes has become harder, but here, at Attenborough, wildlife is all around you. My father and grandfather were both born nearby, hence the family name, and I was invited to open both the nature reserve and the visitor centre. Since my first visit back in 1966, Attenborough has developed into one of the most important wildlife sites in the east midlands. Attenborough Nature Reserve is undoubtedly an unforgettable place to experience the natural world and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust play a very important part in protecting it and I would encourage anyone who cares about wildlife to support them."
Sir David Attenborough
President Emeritus, The Wildlife Trusts
A History of Attenborough Nature Reserve
Attenborough nature reserve is one of the most important sites for wildlife in the UK.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust fought to save Attenborough Nature Reserve back in the 1960s and have managed the site ever since on behalf of its owners. Learn more about the history and importance of this much loved wildlife haven.
Learn from local people and stories why Attenborough Nature Reserve is such a special place, connecting people with wildlife like nowhere else.
News from Attenborough Nature Reserve
Largest ever grant from Biffa Award helps Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust deliver decades long dream of purchasing Attenborough Nature Reserve
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Attenborough cafe takeaway open
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