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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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

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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

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Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Family holidays at Dairy Barns in Norfolk offers breaks on an active working family farm, covering 360 acres of grazing marshes and arable land.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Enjoy autumn walks along Snettisham Nature Reserve

Enjoy autumn walks along Snettisham Nature Reserve

Head to Snettisham Nature Reserve and be treated to a sight of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese taking to the air at the same time.

Location: Snettisham, Norfolk

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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

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Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Roam picturesque parkland, spy flamingos and otters, admire sculptures and climb the secret staircase of this famous monument for panoramic views.

Location: Penshaw and Washington, Tyne and Wear

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Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Oxford Country Cottages are situated on Lower Farm in Noke in a stunning courtyard garden.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

With big skies and exciting wildlife, there’s something for everyone wanting to great closer to nature – from walkers to wildlife enthusiasts.

Location: Purfleet, Essex

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Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Lose yourself on the trails in this secret garden packed with rare trees and blooming shrubs.

Location: Bedale, North Yorkshire

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Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Make friends with the equine residents of Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary and see the great work that the charity does for yourself.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

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See rare birds at Londesborough

See rare birds at Londesborough

Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds.

Location: Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Get up close to rare birds of prey this autumn

Get up close to rare birds of prey this autumn

Embark on a family friendly experience flying different birds of prey at the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

Be at one with birds of prey at Rosliston Forestry Centre

There’s something special about being close to a bird of prey; those round watchful eyes on high alert, fixing you with a dominating stare.

Location: Rosliston, Derbyshire

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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

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Discover the wild, rugged Stiperstones of Shropshire

Discover the wild, rugged Stiperstones of Shropshire

See the Ordovician ‘Stiperstones Quartzite’, which is a wild and distinctive landscape rich with geology of national significance.

Location: Minsterley, Shropshire

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Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Explore A Different Island Every Day

Explore A Different Island Every Day

One of the greatest pleasures when staying on Scilly is to island hop and discover each island's distinct charms.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

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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

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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

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