Attenborough Nature Reserve is situated close to the Derbyshire Nottingham boundary and was once an area of wet grassland alongside the River Trent. As a result of decades of gravel extraction and careful restoration, the area has become a haven for wildlife now covering more than 365 hectares.
Most of the soil removed in order to reach the gravel has been deposited back into the water-filled excavations creating a patchwork of lakes and islands which offers the widlife freedom from disturbance.
Attenborough Nature Reserve was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the importance of its over-wintering waterfowl population, particularly pochard and shoveler.
In addition to being a haven for wildlife, the site is very popular with visitors, many of whom come to enjoy the wildlife or simply to relax in the peaceful surroundings of the nature reserve. There is a state-of-the-art eco-friendly visitors centre, surrounded by water.
Within the gravel pit complex there are a number of areas set aside for activities such as sailing, water-sports, horse riding, fishing and walking. The various pressures placed upon the site are managed to protect its wildlife value.
Attenborough Nature Reserve is owned by RMC Aggregates (Eastern) Ltd and jointly managed with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, with support from Broxtowe Borough Council.
Current Opening Times
The Centre: Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm. Weekend: 9am–5pm
Vehicular access to the Reserve, daily, 7am–dusk
Entry to the Attenborough Nature Reserve is free though we request a £1 parking donation
Telephone 0115 9721777
Attenborough Nature Reserve is situated just off the A6005 between Beeston and Long Eaton. Turn on to Barton Lane off the A6005 at McDonalds following the brown tourist signs. The Car Park is situated at the bottom of Barton Lane
Please visit Derbyshire Photographs for photos of Attenborough Nature Reserve