49) Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, Nottingham, NG9 6DY
The Attenborough Nature Reserve is a lovely compact nature reserve that has 3 miles of wheelchair accessible paths to explore. My route today was 2.79 miles in length - tho the accessible paths extend beyond the actual nature reserve. Along a shared use foot/cycle path.
The area is very flat with only slight variations in hight. In 2.79 miles I climbed a total of 9ft! And that was to go over a couple of wide bridges.
All paths are wide, good firm and well drained surfaces. No stiles, gates are very wide - most gates are go through staggered without an actual gate to move.
Facilities on site:
Ample car park with many disabled parking bays. Free to park tho the Nottingham Wildlife Trust ask for a donation of a £3 per vehicle. The reserve is free of charge.
There is lovely visitor centre with a cafe and disabled toilets. Dogs are allowed everywhere but only accredited guide and assistance dogs are permitted within the cafe itself.
Covid - some bird hides remain and seating in the cafe is greatly reduced - so do check the Nottingham Wildlife Trusts own website for updates on the situation.
The paths are very well signposted, it is obvious which parts are not suitable for those on wheels. Therefor it is not necessary to fully describe the actual route. Wander and explore and discover it yourself.
What might you see?
All types of fowl and geese, esp autumn when geese numbers hugely increase. Swans, Heron, Egret, many smaller birds. Many types of insect. Deer, Otter have frequented, Vole, mice, Stoats, buzzards,Kites etc.During dusk bats are common feeding on the rich insect life. Many wildflowers and fauna.