Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site.

The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centres with experts to help you with identification.

The Reserve is also home to the successful Rutland Osprey Project which in 2001 celebrated the first Osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years. Currently several pairs of Ospreys breed in and around Rutland Water and are regularly seen fishing over the reservoir from April – September. Click here for more information.

The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton offers exciting environmental displays, viewing gallery, excellent schools service, Wildlife Trust shop and In Focus optical shop. At the Lyndon Visitor Centre there is a fascinating Weather and Wildlife exhibition as well as a Wildlife Trust shop.

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Address
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Egleton
Oakham
Rutland
LE15 8BT

Website: http://www.rutlandwater.org.uk
Events webpage: http://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RutlandWaterNR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rutlandwaternaturereserve

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Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe

Set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, in the beautiful and tranquil Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Natural Park is an award-winning mix of meandering nature trails, beguiling woodland walks, and a showcase for British wildlife and nature conservation. Voted Norfolk’s Best Large Attraction 2014, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a brilliant place to visit with beautiful gardens, spectacular wildlife, WildRootz adventure play…nature’s way and our brand NEW epic indoor adventure, Hootz House! Discover underwater wildlife with our guided pond-dipping, wander around the lakes and trails, learn more about the numerous projects we support to ‘Actively Save Species’ and enjoy tasty home-cooked food in our Courtyard Café. Our spectacular shop is full of beautiful homeware, plants, jewellery and unique gifts. It’s a fun and exhilarating day out for the whole family!

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Address
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Fakenham Road
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 0LN

Website: http://www.pensthorpe.com
Events webpage: http://www.pensthorpe.com/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pensthorpe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pensthorpe

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Brockholes

Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.

There’s lots to see and do at Brockholes, you can hunt out our floating Visitor Village with a restaurant, shops and Welcome Centre or explore our family-friendly hides, walking trails and play area.

At Brockholes you can explore our beautiful reserve, see the wildlife that call it ‘home’ or hunt out our Visitor Village with restaurant and shops, all of which float (yes really!) on one of our lakes.

Our floating Visitor Village features a gift shop and a restaurant providing stunning views across the lake. You can also discover our interactive Welcome Centre and learn all about the wildlife that you could see on-site. Be sure to call in to pick up a welcome leaflet that will help you plan your day. You can view the reserve map in our Welcome Leaflet here to help you plan your first visit.

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Address
Brockholes
Junction 31
M6 Samlesbury
Preston
Lancashire
PR5 0AG

Website: http://www.brockholes.org
Events webpage: http://www.brockholes.org/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/visitBrockholes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brockholes

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The Living Rainforest

Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. The Living Rainforest is home to 700 species of plants and animals. Watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in our tropical glasshouses.

Each year, The Living Rainforest’s acclaimed education programme welcomes over 25,000 school children.

The Living Rainforest stands at the former site of one of Europe’s leading orchid nurseries. In 1993, it re-opened as a rainforest visitor centre. Today, with registered educational charity status, we welcome over 80,000 visitors a year.

The Trust for Sustainable Living, which runs The Living Rainforest, hosts a range of events on contemporary sustainability topics, including the annual International Schools Essay Competition & Debate and Schools Sustainability Challenge.

Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself. Look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies – you never know where they will appear next! Plus … monkeys, a crocodile, toucans, snakes and much more. See some of the world’s most popular food plants – bananas, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla … – and plants that give us life-enhancing medicines, cosmetics and building materials.

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Address
The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire
RG18 0TN

Website: http://www.livingrainforest.org
Events webpage: http://www.livingrainforest.org/visit/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/livrainforest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livingrainforest

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