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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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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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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See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See the Red Arrows equivalent for starlings in stunning Somerset countryside.

Location: Somerset

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Take a wind-whipped voyage of discovery with RIB Request

Take a wind-whipped voyage of discovery with RIB Request

Sit back and feel the wind fly through your hair as you speed out to sea on a RIB Request boat trip.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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