Our nature reserves are great places to visit all year round. Here are some seasonal highlights to get you started.
To find nature reserves close to where you live, see our nature reserves map
Nature is waking up! A great time to go on woodland walks - see swathes of wildflowers including bluebells and wood anemones. Listen out for great spotted woodpeckers drumming in early spring. Early arriving migrants like chiffchaffs can be heard; the air is full of birdsong.
Our nature reserves are bursting with wildlife. Orchids emerge and butterflies are in flight. Explore our meadows to see all sorts of wildflowers in full bloom. Late summer is great for dragonflies and damselflies – visit the Dragonfly Trail at Amwell. Sit in the hide at Tewinbury to see if you can spot a kingfisher.
Migratory birds are fattening up ready for their long journeys – listen out for swallows, house martins and swifts overhead. Winter migrants begin to arrive at our wetland reserves – you might spot something unusual passing through! The woodlands are full of fungi and orchard fruits are ripening.
Wintering ducks gather in big numbers on large expanses of water – take a walk at Wilstone Reservoir, part of Tring Reservoirs Nature Reserve, to see if you can spot visitors from the north. The rare bittern makes an appearance at Tring and at Amwell, amongst the reeds. Freshwater shrimps provide fantastic winter food for waders at Lemsford Springs. Redwings and fieldfares arrive. Spot them feeding on fruits in trees and hedgerows, or in woodlands, where birds are easier to spot with no leaves on the trees.