This weekend celebrate Great British nature, by visiting some of the best and most significant areas of natural flora and fauna across the UK. We've collected our seven favourites for you to choose from right here!
Rutland Water, Leicestershire.
Host to one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, Rutland Water came top of Countryfile’s 2015 list of best Nature Reserves in Britain. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Rutland Water covers 1000 acres and gives visitors the chance to see Ospreys from 30 different bird watching hides around the reserve. You can also see badgers and otters.
Lying just off the beautiful Welsh Pembrokshire coastline, Skomer is famously home to 6,000 puffins, which you can see if visiting on a day trip, or staying overnight on the island. You might also be lucky enough to see dolphins, porpoises, or stumble upon the “bluebell explosion” that smothers Skomer in springtime.
Donna Nook, Linconshire.
Aside from sounding like a sassy actress from the 1970’s Donna Nook is one of the safest bets for seeing seals in the UK. With Grey seals coming up to birth on the 10 km of coast stretched along the North Sea, over the winter months.
Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney.
Want an oasis within walking distance of a tube station? Look no further! Originally a reservoir constructed in 1833, Woodberry Wetlands was opened as a nature reserve just this month, and is home to 6 different breeds of bat as well as a host of bird and amphibian life.
Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.
Both an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation) this 4,800 acres of ecosystem has both a lake and waterfall, as well as 500 deer roaming free, and one pesky ghost by the name of Herne the Hunter… Try taking a stroll around Virginia Water and look out for the 100 foot Totem Pole, it’s rather hard to miss…
Insh Marshes, Caringorms.
When the river Spey bursts it’s banks for the winter months the marshes are transformed into the ideal habitat for an enormous range of flocks of birds. Also be on the lookout for deer, foxes and ospreys here in one the most important wetlands in Europe.
Attenborough Nature Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Did you know; Sir David Attenborough has no less than 15 species named after him, and now a research vessel too. Now, whilst this nature reserve isn’t named in his honour it was reopened in 1966 by the great man himself. It was originally a set a gravel pits, but is now over 500 acres of SSI and is notable for it’s bird watching. It’s also great for children, with holiday clubs, a monthly wildlife club and activities all year round for your sprogs to get involved with. Take a look at their calendar here.