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“Not quite as nature intended”

Attenborough Nature Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Attenborough Nature Reserve is the most visited attraction in Nottinghamshire.. I have a 5 mile route I walk 3or 4 times a week at this time of year. I do it before many people have left home for work in a morning.
There are plenty of ducks and other water fowl and various rarities that are posted on the noticeboard but the number of visitors scare away many birds and animals that are there but you do not see them. Thy are hiding in the bushes

ANR is a large expanse of water close to the River Trent about 5 miles up stream of Nottingham It is a number of largel gravel pits linking together If you look at it on the OS map you realise how little land there really is.. It is still being worked and if you go in the week there is a barge that is taking material from the excavation area to the processing plant.

The pits were left for a long time to naturalise but in the last 10 years they have had extensive beds of reeds planted near the banks to encourage the rare Bittern to spend its summers here. This means that large areas are now covered in reed beds which I think detracts from the overall scenic view and makes it look very different from how I remember it as a kid.

A nice place but not the kind of place you are going to go to get close up to nature in a quiet spot. The down side of this venue is the large number of rude cyclist that are continually ringing their bell at you to move for them and do not say thanks as they pass. The paths have recently been upgradedwhich makes them a haven for leisure cyclists

One of the things that always surprises me is the the air does not smell fresh and of the country, I do not know why not.

Thank Richard E
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

I have been here several times and there are several walks of differing lengths. Very nice scenery and good for wildlife. So nice to go in the week as fewer people around. The cafe in visitors centre is also good. Really nice place to walk the dogs.

Thank Dippydulie
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

what a wonderful place here in Nottingham .I 'm always amazed at the work that goes on here. The cafe is fantastic, lovely food, well cooked and presented.
The information signs are always up to date and very informative
I recently enjoyed a lovely day with my grandson joining in the spring events such as bug hunts , bee trails and wood crafts. Parking is easy and only a £1.50 donation for a whole day. We love it.

Thank von186356
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had a day at Attenborough with our local RSPB group. The sun was shining (not always the case I'm sure) and the birds were out in full force. 60+ species in one day!
The reserves were well cared for and well kept, the hides were clean and tidy and the the footpaths were wll maintained. Cake in the cafe was good too. What's not to like?
It seemed popular with local families who were out enjoying the sun.
I like the fact that there were activities for children and some of the notice boards had a braille transcription. Easy to find and well signed.

1  Thank Robyn W
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

It was once gravel pits and now a beautiful nature reserve close to the Chilwell Retail Park. Walks that vary in length around several lake taking in the wild life. Many species of birds, ducks and geese can be seen on the walk or from one of the hides. Back at the centre you can take refreshments and they have built a new hide and nesting banks for sand martins. A great place for bird watching or for healthy walks or keeping fit. It's free although there is a fee for parking.

Thank AndyJ39
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