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Type of Website: Nature Reserve

'The majority of NNRs have some form of access and many have extensive path networks and Access Land.'


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Category Nature Reserves

'A comprehensive, illustrated guide with detailed directions, zoomable maps and access advice on each one of Wales's National Nature Reserves plus many Local Nature Reserves, RSPB, Wildlife Trust, ...
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Category Nature Reserves

'There are 47 National Nature Reserves in Scotland and they're some of the best places for wildlife in the country. They're managed primarily for nature, but people are welcome too, many have facil ...
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Category Nature Reserves

'We are a short walk away from both Ainsdale (1.2km) and Freshfield (1.4km) train stations, and local bus services stop at Freshfield station, Pinfold Lane and Gleneagles Drive.'


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Category Sefton

'The Friends are keen to preserve and appreciate the wildlife in Alexandra Park. We organise various walks and talks where adults and children are encouraged to discover our flora and fauna.'


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Category Haringey

'Arundel is a 65-acre haven for wildlife in a picture-book setting in West Sussex. At its back are steep woodlands, topped by the ancient and dramatic Arundel Castle; at its borders are the pretty ...
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Category Arun

'The Green Corridor has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve, and is being looked after by a partnership of organisations.'


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Category Ashford

Talking Trail  'Follow a 2km trail through the woods and grassland at Aston Rowant and admire the 6 eye-catching sculptures along it. These were designed by local artists in collaboration ...
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'When you get to Attenborough Nature Centre follow one of our nature trails. Three well marked circular routes will give you great views of the nature reserve: [1] Tufted Duck - Red route ...
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Category Broxtowe

'All in all you can see at least 11 counties from up there: West Midands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, He ...
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Category Walsall

'The Forestry Commission have embraced the desire for public access. The emphasis at Bedford Purlieus is on "quiet recreation" to minimise the impact on the woodland flora and fauna. A car ...
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Category Peterborough

'Whether you want to walk the high tops or simply enjoy the lower slopes, you'll find lots to see and do at Ben Lawers. The self-guided Edramucky Trail takes you through beautiful ...
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Category Perthshire

'Two hard surfaced paths are suitable for strollers and outdoor wheelchairs: the Deer Path, which runs north from Old Lodge way gate to Priory Drive gate, and the Weald Path that ...
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Category Harrow

'Wildlife watching is easy with access to 6 accessible bird hides and a number of "viewing screens" around the site. During the summer months it is a great place to look for adder, grass snake and ...
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Category New Forest

'Access through the dunes is via a well surfaced track, which is part of the National Cycleway network. The path is well used by walkers, joggers and cyclists and is suitable for wheelchairs and bu ...
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'The Main Valley Bogs SAC is an important concentration of lowland raised bogs along the River Main valley. It includes three active raised bogs namely; Dunloy Bog ASSI, Caldanagh Bog ASSI and Fros ...
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'There are three Trails to choose from: [1] 1 km Hedgerow Stroll - perfect for little legs or a quick breath of fresh air - - - : [2] 2 km Lapwing Trail – explore the wetland and ...
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Category Basildon

'The reserve is made up of four woods: Bencroft Wood and Broxbourne Wood both owned by Hertfordshire County Council, and Hoddesdonpark Wood and Wormley Wood whic ...
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Category Broxbourne

From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise we are an award-winning ...
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Category Dumfriesshire

Walking the Dene 'The Dene is a wild world of constant change, where severe weather can cause landslips and falling trees. It is therefore not advisable to visit during severe weather. The ...
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Category Hartlepool

'All our Wetland Centres exist to fulfil founder Peter Scott's vision of connecting people with nature, so we make it a principle that our wetlands and wildlife are accessible to everyone.'


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'From the 18th century to the end of 1950s a large proportion of Chafford Hundred was extensively quarried for Brickearth to make bricks, gravel and chalk, with flint as a side product. These were ...
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Category Thurrock

'The Common consists of 450 acres of lowland heath, split into sections by a network of roads. Parts of the Common are further divided by tracks giving access to private property, and it is bordere ...
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Category Lewes

'The Nature Reserve is managed by Chelmsford Borough Council with the active support of the Friends of Chelmer Valley Local Nature Reserve. To find out about volunteering opportunities ema ...
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Category Chelmsford

'The Reserve is open to visitors at all times. The car park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except over the Christmas period, but there is also some parking on the road - please do not block the a ...
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Category Gravesham

'Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year ...'


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Category Conwy

'The public footpaths that cross the nature reserve will allow visitors to view the grazing fields, a wet meadow, ditches, ponds, and the Great Breach Lagoon. The lagoon was created to drain the ma ...
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Category Bexley

'Nowadays the name "Culbin Sands" means a beach, but formerly the name meant a large area of loose dune sand desert which is now the Culbin Forest. This long strip of pristine beach is owned by the ...
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Category Nairnshire

'Cumbernauld Glen is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Please be aware of other users whilst on your visit. The majority of paths within the Glen are tarmac and suitable for whee ...
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The Darlington Local Nature Reserves are: [1] Drinkfield Marsh - - - : [2] Geneva Wood - - - : [3] Maidendale - - - : [4] Rockwell - - - [5] The Whinnies - - - : [6] West Park


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Category Darlington

'The nature trails lead around a series of hides where there is an excellent chance of seeing bitterns and bearded tits in winter. There is plenty to be seen at other times too. Dungeness's positio ...
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'The ecos centre is the ideal place to entertain the kids, with fun interactive galleries, toy tractors and sandpit, duck feeding, playparks and a willow tunnel. The centre acts as an info ...
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'There are three waymarked routes within the reserve: [1] Chowder Ness Round - - - : [2] Reedbed Path - - - : [3] Blow Wells and Target Lake Loop ... The Read More...

'Inner Farne and Staple islands are those open to the public, please check opening times before visiting. Their very special inhabitants include puffins, terns, guillemots, eider ducks and a colony ...
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Category Alnwick

'The Mosses offer flat soft-surface easy level walking on mown tracks, but walking boots or wellingtons are recommended ... Three interlinking Mosses Trails explore the towpaths of the can ...
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Category Wrexham

'This site has extensive paths through flower meadows and newly planted woodlands. It is a good area for bird spotting, with a new wildlife lake and bird hide. There is a permissive bridleway aroun ...
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Category Blaby

'At Freiston Shore you can get excellent views of waterbirds on the salt water lagoon, especially at high tide when wading birds roost, sometimes in their thousands. Summer is a good time ...
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Category Boston

'For great family days out - - - For wildlife watching and local history - - - Places to enjoy on your doorstep! - - - Other sites in Gateshead not managed by Council'


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Category Gateshead

'There are four waymarked trails leading from the car park at Howgill. The Stagsike Trail will take 1–2 hours to walk and the other trails a little longer ...
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Category Carlisle

'Set in the lovely Marteg Valley just north of Rhayader, Gilfach is a 410 acre hill farm nature reserve, owned and managed by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust for the benefit of wildlife. The fa ...
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Category Radnorshire

'As well as nearly £1m already donated to West Berkshire Council towards the restoration of the Common, the Trust has more recently awarded the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife T ...
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Category West Berkshire

'The army's red flag, which normally flies near the gate, does not apply to the Reserve, but do not pass the MOD signs at the reserve boundary. Please keep to the marked paths; terrain is rough.'...
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Category Alnwick

Details of these nine Reserves: [1] Greatham Beck - - - : [2] Greatham Creek - - - : [3] Hart to Haswell Walkway - - - : [4] Hart Warren Dunes - - - : [5] Seaton Common and Dunes - - - : [6] Spion ...
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Category Hartlepool

'One of the largest mid-altitude heathlands remaining in County Durham, Hedleyhope Fell is a mosaic of heather, bilberry, acid grassland, rush pasture, bracken beds, patches of gorse and scattered ...
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Category Bishop Auckland

'Access is easy for all ages and abilities and there is a land train linking to Mudeford Spit, and Ferries to Christchurch as well as a summer bus service to Bournemouth. It's a great place for a d ...
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Category Bournemouth

'Allow 1 hour for the 2 mile crossing, allocate more time if you walk slowly, or have small children. Leave Hilbre no later than the latest crossing time, or you may be trapped by the tide. Be awar ...
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Category Wirral

'It is possible to explore most of the area by following footpaths from the main car parks. The core section of the reserve, from Wells to Holkham Bay, is crisscrossed by paths allowing access thro ...
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Category North Norfolk

Nature Trails and Footpaths 'Our Nature trails on St Mary's include Higher and Lower Moors which pass through wetlands and woodland, ideal for bird watching and plant spotting. Over 100 mi ...
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Category Isles of Scilly

'Events include birdsong identification workshops, bat walks, moth trapping evenings, bird ringing demonstrations and dragonfly and butterfly walks.'


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Category Hounslow

'There are some tarmac paths and a boardwalk close to the car park which offer good access for wheelchair users and for prams and pushchairs. Otherwise there are well-marked sandy tracks through th ...
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Category Bridgend

'Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not t ...
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Category Lancaster

'Access to the reserves is free and open to all, and a network of both hard-standing and grass paths makes it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.'


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Category Tandridge

'Hand feed the rarest goose in the world, see our colourful flamingos, go bug hunting or pond dipping, enjoy bird watching from our hides and explore the reserve to see butterflies, dragonflies and ...
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Category Carmarthenshire

'Climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for a spectacular view over the Kinross-shire hills and countryside, or meander down to the wetland trail where our three hides allow y ...
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Category Kinross-shire

'There is a footpath from Kirriemuir to the reserve which starts at the top of Kirriemuir Den, on the junction of Slade and Cortachy Roads. The reserve is signposted from the start of the path ...  ...
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Category Angus

'But if you want to learn a bit more about the centre - how it was created and the work we do here - you can join one of our tours held daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm. There's no need to book and the ...
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'Looe Island Nature Reserve (also know as St George's Island) is just off the coast of Looe. It is a marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teeming with life. It provi ...
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Category East Cornwall

'Made up of lagoons, reeds beds, salt marsh and mud flats and supports a number of vulnerable plants and rare species and provides rich feeding grounds for a wide variety of birds, particularly dur ...
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Category New Forest

'There are 9 LNR's in Mansfield, covering different areas in the District: [1] Bottoms LNR Netherfield Lane - - - : [2] Carrs LNR Church Street - - - : [3] Hermitage King ...
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Category Mansfield

'As a renowned refuge for wintering wildfowl, the reserve covers 376 acres, making it one of Britain's most important wetland sites, visited by thousands of migrating wildfowl in the autumn and win ...
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Category West Lancashire

'Its hard to choose which is the best season to visit Merrions Wood, as it is beautiful in spring when the bluebells are in bloom, absolutely alive with woodland birds in the summer, and glorious w ...
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Category Walsall

Access to details of 14 Nature Reserves around and about Merton.


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Category Merton

'Moore Nature Reserve is also a great place to take a walk in the countryside. Our paths, benches and bird hides make exploring the site enjoyable for everybody.'


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Category Warrington

'There is a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath from where you will see an array of butterflies and wild flowers, as well as acce ...
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'You can walk anywhere on the beaches and on the network of footpaths or you can follow one of our waymarked walking trails.'


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Category Isle of Anglesey

'Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for yo ...
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Category Orkney

'The Chevin is a big place and there is a good network of paths to make your own circular walk, but if you want to follow a themed trail there is a Geology Trail, Heritage Time Trail and a ...
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Category Leeds

'Oxford Island is located on the shores of Lough Neagh ... Much of the area is designated as a National Nature Reserve due to its wide variety of habitats such as reed beds, open ...
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Category Harlow

'Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is open to the public all day, every day. A detailed map in the car park shows the trails and public footpaths around the reserve. Leaflets and maps are availab ...
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Category Huntingdonshire

Download the PDF Potteric Carr Nature Reserve trail guide 'which includes a map with all the hides and paths marked on so that you don't miss out any of the wonderful habitats and species during yo ...
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Category Doncaster

'There are a network of nature trails currently in place, which are utilised for specific guided walks and events. There are approximately 2.5 miles plus of nature boardwalks, all designed for whee ...
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Category Thurrock

'It has mostly mixed deciduous woodland and working coppice and is also the source of the River Blackwater. As well as the deciduous woodland, which is noted for its bluebells in spring, a diverse ...
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Category Rushmoor

'The Nature Reserve can be divided into two general areas – the Beach Reserve and the area around Camber Castle. You can explore both these areas along the many footpaths. Walking ...
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Category Rother

'A public footpath runs through the entire length of the reserve and provides good opportunities to see all that the reserve has to offer ... To walk the length of the public footpath and back with ...
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'Saltwells Nature Reserve is one of the largest urban nature reserves in the UK. It is home to ancient bluebell woods, dragonfly filled wetlands and orchid covered grasslands making it wel ...
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Category Dudley

'There's some fascinating wildlife to be seen with the rare Natterjack Toad, Great Crested Newts, wintering wildfowl, Pintail, Red Knot, Curlews and Common Redshank. You can explore the sandy beach ...
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'We have are ten Local Nature Reserves in Sandwell which you can visit: [1] Codsall Coppice - - - : [2] Forge Mill Lake - - - : [3] Gorse Farm Wood - - - : [4] Holly Wood - - - : [5] Mousesweet Bro ...
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Category Sandwell

'Skipwith Common National Nature Reseve is one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England. An incredible variety of plants and animals depend on the Common for their ...
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Category Selby

'A guided walk is a great way to learn more about the Centre and its wildlife. Join one of our volunteers as they take you on a walk and hear about the history of the Centre and its wildlife. Start ...
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Category Stroud

'The Hill stands 70m above the river valley with 100+ steps on the north and south sides. There is a flatter route via the surfaced footpath parallel to the Read More...

Category Winchester

'Usually the prepared paths on the marsh are dry and make for an easy and un-muddy walk while still allowing the rambler to enjoy the environment. A circular route around the marsh takes you down t ...
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Category Christchurch

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