Langford Lowfields

The RSPB are working with Tarmac to restore a sand and gravel quarry on the River Trent into the biggest reedbed in the East Midlands.  

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Attenborough Nature Reserve

A nationally acclaimed haven for wildlife, voted one of the top 10 eco destinations in the world in BBC Wildlife Magazine

Holme Pierrepont

The National Water Sports Centre is located in 270 acres of country parkland, just 3 miles from Nottingham on the River Trent.


Two miles north of Retford, which is in the north of Nottinghamshire.


The gravels are north east of Hoveringham Vilage, which in turn is north east of Nottingham. Bleasby is close by to the north.

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Clumber Park

National Trust site, around four and a half miles south-east of Worksop or six and a half miles south-west of Retford.

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North Norfolk Coast at Holme next the Sea.

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Minsmere lies on the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Aldeburgh below Dunwich Cliffs.

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Pennington Flash

Near Leigh in Greater Manchester.

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The Netherfield Lagoons, Local Nature Reserve is situated on the Trent Valley Flood Plain in Nottinghamshire and has been partly used as a dump for coal slurry but with two remaining gravel ponds.

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Sherwood Forest

North Nottinghamshire woodland famous for a certain green-clad outlaw.

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Wollaton Park

Country manor park within the City (five miles from the centre); woodland, lakes, grassy areas, meadow, reed beds etc. Excellent access by bus from the city (around every 15 minutes) and good car parking. Watch out for deer which are allowed to roam free.

Bestwood Country Park

Near Arnold, on the northern fringe of Nottingham.

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Country Park conveniently close to the city centre

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Bevercotes Pit

For 30 years, until it closed in 1993, Bevercotes was a working colliery, one of the deepest mines in Britain. Most of the spoil from the pit was dumped on site and the Forestry Commission is now converting the tip from a wasteland into a 'natural' landscape. It is still early days, but already the young woodland is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. As the woodland matures it will be managed to benefit wildlife, improve the landscape, provide recreation, and produce timber for local industries.