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“Fabulous walking space and cafe”

Attenborough Nature Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We love coming here as a family. There's miles of re-done pathways that are great for buggies, bikes, horseriders and wheelchair users. The vast majority is accessible with just a few paths left for walkers only. It's a lovely place to come and see and you are educated about the wildlife with regular boards and hides to explain what you can see in terms of wildlife. The cafe is consistently popular and offers wonderful home cooked food and cakes at very reasonable prices. There is an education play area for the children too and some lovely items to purchase in the shop (both gifts and more practical items).

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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Attenborough Nature Reserve is the most visited attraction in Nottinghamshire.. I have a 5 mile route I walk 3or 4 times a week at this time of year. I do it before many people have left home for work in a morning.
There are plenty of ducks and other water fowl and various rarities that are posted on the noticeboard but the number of visitors scare away many birds and animals that are there but you do not see them. Thy are hiding in the bushes

ANR is a large expanse of water close to the River Trent about 5 miles up stream of Nottingham It is a number of largel gravel pits linking together If you look at it on the OS map you realise how little land there really is.. It is still being worked and if you go in the week there is a barge that is taking material from the excavation area to the processing plant.

The pits were left for a long time to naturalise but in the last 10 years they have had extensive beds of reeds planted near the banks to encourage the rare Bittern to spend its summers here. This means that large areas are now covered in reed beds which I think detracts from the overall scenic view and makes it look very different from how I remember it as a kid.

A nice place but not the kind of place you are going to go to get close up to nature in a quiet spot. The down side of this venue is the large number of rude cyclist that are continually ringing their bell at you to move for them and do not say thanks as they pass. The paths have recently been upgradedwhich makes them a haven for leisure cyclists

One of the things that always surprises me is the the air does not smell fresh and of the country, I do not know why not.

Thank Richard E
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

I have been here several times and there are several walks of differing lengths. Very nice scenery and good for wildlife. So nice to go in the week as fewer people around. The cafe in visitors centre is also good. Really nice place to walk the dogs.

Thank Dippydulie
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

what a wonderful place here in Nottingham .I 'm always amazed at the work that goes on here. The cafe is fantastic, lovely food, well cooked and presented.
The information signs are always up to date and very informative
I recently enjoyed a lovely day with my grandson joining in the spring events such as bug hunts , bee trails and wood crafts. Parking is easy and only a £1.50 donation for a whole day. We love it.

Thank von186356
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

We had a day at Attenborough with our local RSPB group. The sun was shining (not always the case I'm sure) and the birds were out in full force. 60+ species in one day!
The reserves were well cared for and well kept, the hides were clean and tidy and the the footpaths were wll maintained. Cake in the cafe was good too. What's not to like?
It seemed popular with local families who were out enjoying the sun.
I like the fact that there were activities for children and some of the notice boards had a braille transcription. Easy to find and well signed.

1  Thank Robyn W
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