Nature Trails and Wildlife Walks

Jack Perks

© Jack Perks

This site of special scientific interest (SSSI) is one of the most important sites for conservation in the East Midlands. In 1929 sand and gravel extraction began, providing materials and infrastructure in the Nottingham area.  After a period of restoration the now water-filled pits and islands provide food, shelter and freedom from disturbance for many species of wildlife.

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.

Tufted Duck - Red route

3km/1.9 miles

The shortest walk takes in some of the most interesting and species rich habitats on the reserve.  In spring look out for nesting herons on Tween Pond.  In summer, the grassland along the river path is a great place to see and hear up to 8 species of warbler and a number of dragonflies and damselflies.  During winter the ponds fill with ducks which spend the winter here.

Skylark Trail - Yellow route

4.2km/2.6 miles

This 2.6mile walk takes you along the railway line in the direction of Long Eaton, passes Attenborough Sailing club and back along the River Trent.  Erewash field provides habitat for breeding skylarks, meadow pipits and grasshopper warblers in spring and summer.   In spring and autumn migrating birds can be seen on this route such as whinchat and wheatear.  In winter this grassland habitat provides a home for jack snipe, common snipe, stonechat and even short eared owls.  This walk takes about an hour at a strolling pace.

Kingfisher Trail - Blue route

5.9km/3.7 miles

The Kingfisher Trail will take you on a journey around the perimeter of the entire Nature Reserve. The Delta sanctuary at the far end of the reserve is one of the largest willow woodlands in the region.  Visit the rebuilt Delta hide for views over this special habitat.  Look out for all three species of British Woodpecker.


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