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Attenborough Nature Centre

Dear subscriber,

Rare heron makes an appearance


A very rare heron, a squacco heron turned up at Attenborough Nature Reserve on Friday October 28th!  It has remained for over a week – attracting hundreds of local birdwatchers and many from as far away as Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

This species usually breeds in the Mediterranean and Middle East then over-winters in Africa. It is only the fourth ever record for Nottinghamshire (1871, 1944, 1998 - also at Attenborough NR and this bird in 2011) and the first record for Derbyshire (when it goes to the other side of the River Erewash - The County border).  

If you missed it, here is a clip on You Tube and some visitor submitted photographs.

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Get Involved this Winter

Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 26th November 2011

Join the Beeston Wildlife Group for a guided walk around the picturesque Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am – 1pm. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park, Barton Lane.
Contact: Bill Wheatley 0115 925 0208 or Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518.

Attenborough Health Walk

Monday 28th November 2011 and Saturday 3rd December

Join us on a morning health walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. Get active whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery and wildlife. Start 10am at Nature Centre. Walk will last up to an hour. Suitable for all levels. No dogs please. Participation is free.

Wild Kids – Wild about Christmas!

Saturday 3rd December 2011

How will Attenborough’s wildlife be spending the Christmas period? Join us as we explore the Nature Reserve to find out more. Suitable for children aged 4 and above who must be accompanied by an adult. 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Attenborough Nature Centre. £4 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777

Wildlife Art

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th December 2011

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson and browse through a variety of signed wildlife and wilderness prints, cards and gifts. 10am – 4pm at the Nature Centre.

Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 4th December 2011

Join some of our wardens for a nature walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover more about the wonderful wildlife to be found there. 10.30am start at the Nature Centre. Participation is free. No need to book. No dogs please.

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

Sunday 4th December 2011

Come and join in the fun making Christmas decorations using natural materials. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Please note that children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per child. Please book in advance.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777

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This Christmas, Give the Gift of Nature


Inspire a loved one to help protect wildlife by giving them a Gift Membership of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Recipients receive a beautiful gift box, containing the latest magazines, a wildlife gardening guide, local reserve fact sheets, events guide and a free wildlife book (three to choose from: birds, wildflowers, or butterflies and moths).

Gift boxes are available at Attenborough Nature Centre, or online at

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