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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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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wildlife and Conservation Holidays on The Suffolk Coast

Wildlife and Conservation Holidays on The Suffolk Coast

Enjoy a wildlife conservation and research holiday at RSPB Minsmere and National Trust's Dunwich Heath in Suffolk

Location: Dunwich

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