Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

At one of our many national nature reserves you can get up close and personal with rare species of beetles, spiders and butterflies. Search for rare flowers, mosses and ferns, and spot bats, woodpeckers and even owls. Together our nature reserves represent a total area of around 94,400 hectares and encompass a huge variety of English wildlife and geology. As well as preserving some of our most pristine natural environments, the reserves offer a sublime way of experiencing our natural heritage, from coastal marshes, dunes and cliffs to lowland heaths and bogs. Get your binoculars ready!

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

At one of our many national nature reserves you can get up close and personal with rare species of beetles, spiders and butterflies. Search for rare flowers, mosses and ferns, and spot bats, woodpeckers and even owls. Together our nature reserves represent a total area of around 94,400 hectares and encompass a huge variety of English wildlife and geology. As well as preserving some of our most pristine natural environments, the reserves offer a sublime way of experiencing our natural heritage, from coastal marshes, dunes and cliffs to lowland heaths and bogs. Get your binoculars ready!

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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

 
Bird watching in St Bees

Bird watching in St Bees

The largest seabird colony on the west coast of England is at St Bees Head.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

 
Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

 
Go Wild in the Cotswolds

Go Wild in the Cotswolds

Experience the wild autumn beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the amazing sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Cotswolds

 
Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 
Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

With spectacular landscapes and breath-taking wildlife, Elmley National Nature Reserve is an inspirational place to visit - and to sleep in.

Location: Isle of Sheppey, Kent

 
Uncover The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

Uncover The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

Catch sight of rare wildlife on the Isles of Scilly, such as Manx shearwaters, As the islands are one of only two places in England where they breed.

Location: St. Agnes / Gugh, Isles of Scilly

 
Immerse yourself in West Country farm life

Immerse yourself in West Country farm life

Take a farm and food tour to discover North Devon’s best local produce and experience life on a working farm in Exmoor.

Location: Porlock, Somerset

 
Get up close with swans

Get up close with swans

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

 
Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 
Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

 
Listen out for the booming call of one of the UK’s rarest birds

Listen out for the booming call of one of the UK’s rarest birds

Spot some of Springwatch’s wildlife stars, including the famously elusive bittern, before the BBC programme returns to RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

 
Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

WWT Washington Wetland Centre shows the wonders of the wetlands, with stunning scenery and encounters with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready for some serious Cumbrian wildlife spotting.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Journey to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A visit to history-rich and beautiful Lindisfarne, cut off twice daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides, is an adventure not to miss.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

 
Take in magnificent views from Bempton Cliffs

Take in magnificent views from Bempton Cliffs

Bempton’s towering chalk cliffs skyrocket to over 100 metres (109 yards) in points, with awe-inspiring views overlooking the coast of East Yorkshire.

Location: Bempton, East Yorkshire

 
Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Birdwatching just got really, really wild at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

 
Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

 
Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Set sail on a narrow boat trip on the historic Droitwich Canals to the River Severn and beyond, the Mid Worcestershire boating ring now offers a perfect weekend getaway.

Location: Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

 
Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

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