Find a nature reserve near you
From ancient woodlands full of bird song in spring, meadows brimming with wild flowers in summer to heathlands in the heart of Sherwood Forest, our reserves bring you close to nature right across the county. With dozens of peaceful and uplifting sanctuaries the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire our network of sites helps people explore the wildlife right on their doorstep.
Nature for health
We want more people to discover that daily contact with wildlife improves their mental health, and we want more people to care about and take action for wildlife as a result. Seeing birds near our homes, walking through green spaces filled with wild flowers, and along rivers that are clean and clear reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Daily contact with nature is also linked to better physical health, including reductions in obesity and improved concentration.
The car park and reserve remains open for visitors to enjoy at the recommended 2 metre distance from others.
The café at Idle…
Attenborough Nature Reserve
The reserve currently remains open for visitors to enjoy at the recommended 2 metre distance from others.
The cafe is offering a…
A woodland believed to be on the site of part of the ancient Sherwood Forest
Stonepit Plantation is an abandoned quarry, combining both woodland and parkland areas.
An area of disused and flooded gravel pits
A reserve of sand-blown heath, one of the rarest habitats in the county
A wood pasture with a mixture of grassland, scrub and veteran oaks.
Rainworth Heath is part of the historic Sherwood Forest area and it is one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Nottingham
Treswell Wood Nature Reserve
One of the best examples of an ash/oak/maple wood in Nottinghamshire
A disused railway track, now containing areas of grassland and woodland
Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve
One of the best wildflower sites in Nottinghamshire
Primarily a wetland site, this reserve is home to many species of water birds and insects.