Opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2005, the Attenborough Nature Centre near Nottingham is award winning, inspiring and the perfect model of how to build and organize an ecological entre.
Making the most of your day
The centre provides everything the visitor needs to make the most of the reserve. The offices, educational facilities, interactive displays, nature shop and cafe are designed so that on both sides you get and uninterrupted view of the wildlife on the surrounding water. Staff are on hand at the outdoor educational centre to explain features of the special pond, the bird feeding stations and a sensory nature trail where wildlife can be observed at very close quarters.
Attenborough Nature Reserve is a complex of flooded gravel pits and islands covering 145 hectares making it an ideal habitat for a huge range of species. The reserve has been designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and so it ensures that wildlife comes first. Any watersports such as sailing and other activities like horse riding happen at one end of the complex, leaving nature to have the other.
No two visits are the same
One of the appealing things about the Attenborough Nature Reserve is that no matter how many times you visit, no two visits will ever be the same. Seasonal and climate changes ensure that the landscape and wildlife are ever changing. It’s suitable for any time of year and it doesn’t even matter if it rains!
What to do
The Centre has also been awarded the Gold award for sustainable tourism in 2007 and it seeks to inspire and encourage people of all ages to engage with the Natural World. There’s a lot to see and do at the centre, from walking around the Nature Reserve to spot hidden wildlife to exploring the Visitor Centre. There are also special events that take place throughout the year including summer holiday club sessions and kids summer crafts!
Highlight of the Day
Spotting kingfishers and woodpeckers among the willows.
Nearest Train Station : Kidderminster and Bewdley
Parking : Pay & display at Kidderminster and Bridgnorth stations, free at Bewdley station
Website : www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk