'Our Reserves are wonderful places to get closer to the natural world. As well as beautiful birds, you'll find fascinating flowers, graceful deer, delicate damselflies and stately trees, to name but a few ...'
Near St Margaret Church, Bowers Gifford, Basildon
'An ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. This grazing marsh has played a vital role in the lives of people and wildlife for centuries. Now, after careful restoration, it's ready and waiting for you to explore and enjoy. There are 4 miles (6 km) of nature trails for you to explore on foot, three viewing points and two picnic areas.'
Bowers Marsh Walk [Essex Walks]
Cliffe Pools, Gravesham
'Offers a remote landscape with open horizons and skies - ideal for long summer walks and attracting spectacular numbers of wintering waders. A number of trails at varied lengths afford great views over the pools, the wildlife, and the River Thames running alongside.'
Llandudno Junction Railway Station, Conwy
'There’s a network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides to make the most of your visit and plenty of information to explain what you're watching. Perhaps you’ll meet one of our friendly volunteer wildlife guides who can help you discover just a little bit more?'
Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands
'This is a delightful oak woodland to walk through – especially in spring and early summer when lots of migrating birds come to breed at the reserve. Birds you may see on the steep valley sides include flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. There are a wide variety of butterflies to spot too. In winter, redwings, fieldfares and winter finches are regular visitors. There's a fascinating nature trail here so the reserve is a good place for people of all ages to get closer to nature, although the footpaths are steep in places.'
Culbin Sands, Nairnshire
'Truly get away from it all at this remote and unspoilt reserve. Come during the winter and you'll see seaducks feeding offshore, while from late summer to late spring, large numbers of bar-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and knots flock at high tide. Look out for our small flock of wintering brent geese. Under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code you have the right to responsible access. Please avoid disturbing feeding and roosting wading birds along the shoreline. Thank you.'
Culbin Sands, Forest and Findhorn Bay [Wikipedia]
'If you haven't been to Dungeness, nothing can quite prepare you for the landscape – mile after mile of shingle, which is wild and a little weird! On a cold winter's day, it is a delight to sit snug in the visitor centre and look out through a huge picture window at all the waterbirds on the large gravel pit just outside. Often a rare grebe or diver is among them, and it is perhaps the best place in the UK for watching the delightful smew.'
'The three main trails take you through a variety of habitats allowing stunning views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland, and lapwings, snipe and redshanks in the wet grassland. In winter Fairburn hosts an array of swans, ducks and geese on the main lake, so there is something to see whatever the season.'
Freiston Shore, Boston
'The newly-opened wetland trail is a circular route around the developing wet grassland with views over to the saltmarsh. The lagoon trail is only partially suitable for wheelchair access, although the hide is accessible. Excellent views of many of the birds can be had from the car park. The wetland trail is also only partially accessible to wheelchairs.'
RSPB Geltsdale, Milton, Carlisle
'Set in the beautiful North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking ...'
RSPB Geltsdale Walking Trails [North Pennines AONB]
'Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. Or take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds ...'
RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross-shire
'Set on the southern shore of the loch, RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Formerly known as Vane Farm, we bought this reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education and it is still a fantastic place for children to explore and discover nature today ...'
'Whatever time of year you come, make sure you experience the excellent views from the three hides – you're just as likely to see otters, red squirrels and deer as wildfowl, not to mention many species of butterflies and dragonflies too ...'
'Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace ... Coastal trail 2.4 miles and shorter wetland trail 1.2 miles.'
Pierowall, Westray, Orkney Islands
'Reaching over 76 metres above the sea, these dramatic cliffs house Orkney's largest seabird colony. Once seen, it's never forgotten!'
RSPB [Visit Orkney]
Rainham Marshes, Thurrock
'One of very few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the River Thames were closed to the public for over 100 years and used as a military firing range. We managed to acquire the site in 2000 and set about transforming it into an important place for nature and a great place for people to visit. Now you can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter. Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen too. There are also water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flit across the boardwalks.'
Snettisham, King's Lynn and West Norfolk
'Walk alongside bird-filled lagoons, shingle beaches, and the vast wilderness of The Wash.'
RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Central Bedfordshire
'You can explore this attractive nature reserve along 5 miles (8 km) of trails, visit the beautifully managed gardens, the Iron Age banks and ditches on Galley Hill, or watch woodland birds from the hide. You can see a wide range of woodland species throughout the year, and spotted flycatchers and hobbies during the summer ...'
Canvey Island, Castle Point
'West Canvey Marsh is the largest single area of green space on Canvey Island. This wonderful wetland reserve includes nearly two miles (3 km) of new nature trails, three viewing points, a picnic area and children's adventure area.'
Curry Rivel, South Somerset
'For now, public access to the reserve itself is limited to our guided walks in order to give you the best possible experience, and provide protection to ground-nesting and over-wintering birds. We'll send you full directions to the reserve itself when you book onto a guided walk. If you can't join us on a guided walk, there is an excellent network of footpaths west of Curry Rivel that provide superb views over the reserve.'
Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre, Weymouth & Portland
'The Weymouth Wetlands are two fantastic nature reserves - Radipole Lake and Lodmoor - the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre and the little tern project based on the spectacular Chesil Beach. Smack-bang in the heart of town there are breeding kingfishers, otters, marsh harriers and water voles and a whole host of other wildlife waiting to be discovered. Take a quiet walk round Lodmoor, nationally important for the European eel, to see common terns breeding in the spring, the massive green bush cricket in the summer and bitterns in the winter. Explore Radipole Lake for a chance to see otters, sticklebacks, bearded tits, orchids and marsh harriers.'
Eglwys Fach, Ceredigion
'There are two main circular routes: 1.5 miles and 3 miles. Both are unsuitable for wheelchairs. One route is without stiles and the longer route is rugged.'
'An exciting nature watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery is now attracting the attention of walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers in Dumfries and Galloway and from much further afield.'
Lake Vyrnwy, Montgomeryshire
'Our visitors' centre and well-stocked shop are the ideal places to start your visit. Join a trail through the woodland and birds are soon all around you ...'
Middleton Lakes, Tamworth
'Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is our latest nature reserve to open to the public ... '
'The RSPB has produced a new publication, Trails in Wales, containing evocative and stimulating walks through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Wales. Each walk has been specially selected for its abundance of birdlife, ranging from red kites and choughs to dippers and Cetti's warblers - and there is plenty of other wildlife to look out for too ... The entire booklet can be downloaded.'
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