Besthorpe Nature Reserve

Part of a major gravel extraction site; home to a variety of birds. A great example of how former industrial sites can have a new lease of life as havens for wildlife.


Trent Lane
NG23 7HL
A static map of Besthorpe Nature Reserve

Know before you go

68 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

From the A1133, turn into Besthorpe village (south side) and then follow Trent Lane. The car park is signposted off Trent Lane.

Walking trails

Paths, boardwalks and viewing hides are available for walkers and birdwatchers.


Access to the reserve is open at all times.

A track leading around the reserve is wheelchair and pushchair friendly with new radar kissing gates and a disabled friendly raised viewing screen overlooking Mons pool. Contact the Trust for more information.


On a lead
Dogs are allowed if under effective control on a lead at all times.


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

This site comprises two areas, north and south of Trent Lane. The northern end comprises three distinct habitat types; open water with islands, reedbeds and shingle. South of Trent Lane are two traditional Trent Valley wildflower meadows. The hides are available for watching the birds that frequent the pool in the southern area.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0115 958 8242
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)