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.
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