Nature Reserve Facilities


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Bird Hides

Attenborough has 4 bird hides with unique features.

Sand Martin Hide

Located behind the Nature Centre this new hide which has been featured on BBC's One Show has been described as a "Bird Hotel".   It provides nesting opportunities for up to 150 sand martins each summer.

The integrated ‘sunken’ bird hide has panoramic views across Coneries Pond and enables visitors to watch the sand martins at close quarters as they feed over the water and return to their nests.  As the nests become established we will use small cameras within the nesting chambers to record the nesting behaviour.

2014 - 7 chicks fledged from 3 successful nests

2015 - It is estimated that there may be almost 200 chicks fledge this year

Kingfisher Hide

This hide on Barton Lane has great views over open water towards reed beds. It also features a bird feeding station giving great views of a variety of song birds. If you are lucky you may see kingfisher perched nearby.

Tower Hide

Situated on Wet Marsh path this panoramic hide offers 360° view of the surrounding landscape. One side the hide bed provides great views of over-wintering bittern on the other side, sevral species of warblers can be seen in the grassland and bramble. A ridge and furrow grassland system provides great wader habitat.  This is the best place to view the bittern which bred successfully for the first time in Nottinghamsnhire in 2015.

Delta Hide

Over looking the Delta, this hide is a 20 minute walk from the Nature Centre and was specifically designed to provide bat roosts. It also offers great views for bird watchers. Make sure you register for the access code in the Nature Centre before you walk to this hide.  Call into the Nature Centre to register for the code to gain entry to this hide.



The Nature Reserve is a 226 hectares outdoor site.  The full walk around the reserve should take around three hours so a half day visit is ideal with the Nature Centre providing great facilities before and after your walk.

Before your visit

Visit our Plan your visit page of the website.

The nearest railway station is Attenborough and is a 15 minute walk to the Nature Reserve and is well signposted.

Tthe Indigo bus runs every 10 minutes between Beeston and Long Eaton and the bus stop is a 10 minute walk to the reserve down Barton Lane.

The Nature Centre is fully accessible being all on one level. An accessible toilet is available. A wheelchair can be borrowed to get from the car park to the Nature Centre (tel. 0115 972 1777).

The Car Park, which is 50m from the Centre has accessible spaces, some overlooking the lake.  The surface of the car park is solid and has marked spaces for 156 cars.  There is a £3 donation for parking all day.

The route to the Centre from the car park is on one level.

A hearing loop is provided in the Conference Room.

The Nature Reserve is on one level with some steeper slopes over bridges. The path surfaces, in the main, are accessible to all. It may be worth checking before your visit on the state of the paths as some are liable to flooding in very wet weather.

The bird hides are fully acessible with the exception of the Tower Hide which is accessed along a narrow path which can be a little muddy in wet weather and the hide is up steps. 

Please contact the Centre on 0115 972 1777 if you need further information or advice before your visit.