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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See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their summer home. Take a boat trip to see, and hear, them up close.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

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Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Kids can up close and personal with nature in all its muddy glory at WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens.

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

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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

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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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Discover Dazzling Birds and Wildlife

Discover Dazzling Birds and Wildlife

People flock to Scilly to come and enjoy our rich and diverse birdlife, so plan your break here to see some of the UK's wildest residents.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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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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Go sailing in Scilly

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Enjoy an eco-friendly stay in green and pleasant Dorset

Enjoy an eco-friendly stay in green and pleasant Dorset

Come and enjoy Dorset’s incredible scenic beauty and rich wildlife this spring on a sustainable seaside holiday.

Location: Dorset

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Comb Sussex’s thriving coastline for fossils and marine life

Comb Sussex’s thriving coastline for fossils and marine life

A Marine Conservation Area, this unspoilt coastline at the foot of the South Downs National Park offers thriving marine life and fossils galore.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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

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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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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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Take a visit to Looe Island

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

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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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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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Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Visit Farne Islands to see thousands of seabirds and a huge Grey seal colony.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

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Explore The Broads’ nature reserves on board the Electric Eel

Explore The Broads’ nature reserves on board the Electric Eel

A trip on board the Electric Eel boat may be more Wind and the Willows than Moby Dick, but this gentle pace is really the only way to experience The Broads.

Location: Ludham, Norfolk

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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

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Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Explore rock pools, enjoy the sea and find out for yourself how Hunstanton's beach remains a stunning backdrop to a fantastic seaside summer holiday.

Location: Hunstanton, Norfolk

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