Birdwatching from a hide, Family day out at the RSPB nature reserve

Nature reserves for families

Go wild with the children - fun for big kids as well as little ones!

Our top 10 family reserves

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    • Loch Leven

      Loch Leven

      Part of the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, this is an ideal day out for all the family. Visit our hides for close-up views of wildlife.

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    • Fairburn Ings

      Fairburn Ings

      With pond-dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.

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    • Saltholme


      Come and explore our huge wetland and all its wildlife, but don't forget to make time for our brilliant café - just follow your nose for freshly-brewed coffee, gooey cakes and mouthwatering meals.

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    • Conwy


      Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.

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    • Newport Wetlands

      Newport Wetlands

      This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with our visitor centre, a cafe, shop and children's play area.

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    • Rainham Marshes

      Rainham Marshes

      We acquired Rainham Marshes in 2000 and set about transforming it into a great place for nature and people. You can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter.

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    • Minsmere


      There's so much to see and hear at Minsmere: splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds breeding and calling in on their migrations, shy wildlife like otters, the 'booming' of bitterns in spring, beautiful bugs and flowers.

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    • Old Moor

      Old Moor

      Right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year.

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    • Pulborough Brooks

      Pulborough Brooks

      Set in the heart of beautiful countryside, this reserve is a fantastic day out for people of all ages. Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife.

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    • Radipole Lake

      Radipole Lake

      A nature reserve in central Weymouth sounds unlikely, but once you are on the footpath amongst the reeds and lagoons you could be far away in the countryside.

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    Our top 10 family reserves

    RSPB reserves really are great places to get away from it all, get closer to nature, and enjoy spending time together as a family.

    We have more than 100 which you can visit - our top 10 family reserves all feature: 

    • Friendly volunteers and staff on hand seven days a week.
    • Visitor centres offering a range of information, advice, wildlife guides and spotting sheets to help you work out what you are seeing! 
    • An RSPB shop, filled with games, toys and craft activities, at pocket-money prices.
    • Clean, well-maintained toilets and baby changing facilities.
    • Snacks, drinks and picnic tables (all family-friendly reserves, except Fairburn Ings, also have tea rooms serving delicious, locally-sourced snacks, meals and drinks. High chairs are available).
    • Boredom-busting events which run throughout the year, including weekends and school holidays.
    • Fun, self-guided activities like pond dipping, bug hunting, birdwatching or explorer kits to hire.
    • Wide, level 'pushchair-friendly' paths with short routes, perfect for little legs 
    • Natural play areas, or open spaces to play in - just the ticket for letting off steam!

    Take a Wild Challenge

    You can complete a wild challenge during a visit to one of our reserves. Win awards as you complete these fun family activities.