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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Spot the flora and fauna of the Witham Valley

Spot the flora and fauna of the Witham Valley

Explore the green parks and open spaces in and around Lincoln of the Witham Valley Country Park.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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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 the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the striking black and white lighthouse near to the end of Spurn.

Location: Spurn, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

The majestic red deer is our largest land mammal: a beautiful creature, from hoof to antler, whose iconic silhouette has captivated us for centuries.

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk

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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

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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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Hear the call of the curlew

Hear the call of the curlew

It is no accident that the emblem for Northumberland National Park is the curlew; high in the hills is one of the best places to see and hear them.

Location: Ingram, 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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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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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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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

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Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Get up-close and personal with some formidable feathered predators.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

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Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

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Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

From the rugged moorlands of Bowland to the dramatic sands of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire is renowned for its birds and wildlife.

Location: Lancashire

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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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