Barton Lane, Attenborough NG9 6DY

Attenborough Nature Reserve is a nature reserve at Attenborough, located just southwest of Nottingham city centre. The site uses old gravel pits to create a restored wetland for wildlife. It is one of the most popular nature reserves in the Nottingham area.

The reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and covers over 350 acres. It is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the site’s owners, CEMEX. It was established in 1966 and opened by Sir David Attenborough.

The reserve is best known for its birds. The area is an important site for winter wildfowl and holds a high proportion of the county’s shoveler and diving ducks. Visitors will also frequently spot mallards, teals, and the occasional wigeon.

Scarcer wildfowl such as sawbills and sea ducks are recorded regularly and cormorants are common. All the British grebes have been recorded. In the spring and autumn, many migrants birds pass through and the Delta area attracts a wide range of waders in small numbers including the iconic bittern.

Other species you might spot include:

  • Sand Martins
  • Bitterns
  • Kingfishers
  • Cormorants
  • Great Crested Grebes
  • Reed & Sedge Warblers
  • Sawbills
  • Sea Ducks
  • Otters
  • Bats
  • Voles, Shrews & Harvest Mice

Visitors to the reserve will discover the Attenborough Nature Centre, comprising visitor services and educational facilities. In good weather you can walk around the Reserve from short walks up to longer treks up to 3 miles long.

After all that walking, visitors can return to the Nature Centre for a refreshing coffee or tea and a look around the shop.

The reserve is open 7 days a week. Hides are open from 9am til 4pm. The Nature Centre has plenty of parking and is wheelchair friendly.