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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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

 
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

 
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

 
Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

 
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

 
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

 
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 a 1,000 acres of bird hides, mucky nature trails and interactive visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

 
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

 
Explore Lancashire's great coastline

Explore Lancashire's great coastline

With its stunning sunsets, wonderful wildlife and infinite skies, Morecambe Bay is a photographer’s dream.

Location: Fleetwood, Lancashire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

 
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

 
Get up close with the puffins at Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Get up close with the puffins at Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Yorkshire Nature Triangle is well known among local naturalists for its rich fauna and flora but is also a hidden secret for a wider audience.

Location: Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

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