Find a nature reserve near you

Find a nature reserve near you

Matthew Roberts

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. 

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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.

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Attenborough Nature Reserve

Following concern over numbers of people congregating at popular sites, Attenborough Nature Reserve Car Park is closed until further notice.  

This difficult decision has been taken in response to Government advice to limit travel and gatherings to combat the spread of Corona Virus. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is urging people to stay local and make the most of wildlife in their gardens and on green spaces close to home.

We know how much the reserve means to so many people and we hope to reopen facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Idle Valley

Like all of our reserves across the county, Idle Valley remains open to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to concerns over the numbers of people congregating at popular destinations we have decided to close the main car park off North Road to limit numbers. Visitors can still walk in from the numerous entrances to the reserve on foot. 

With its wide open spaces, this beautiful network of lakes, wetland, grassland and woodland provides an ideal location to connect with nature and get some fresh air. 

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