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Archaeology

Discover ancient landscapes, habitats dating back to the Bronze Age, signs of modern military activity and lots more!

From prehistoric burial mounds and standing stones to Second World War pillboxes, RSPB reserves are full of interesting archaeological sites that can be visited at the same time as exploring wild places and seeing amazing wildlife.

Many of these sites are key to the story of how the reserve landscapes have evolved. Did you know that the ancient heaths at Arne were created by prehistoric farmers cutting down trees and grazing their animals, or that Minsmere was created in 1940 by flooding fields to make a defence against invasion? 

MapList

  • Arne

    A wealth of wildlife in a beautiful setting

    RSPB Arne reserve
  • Broadwater Warren

    We're restoring historic heathland and woodland on the Weald Forest Ridge

    Male nightjar in display flight
  • Brodgar

    A magical walk at the heart of Orkney's heritage

    Oystercatcher sitting on nest
  • Chapel Wood

    Beautiful woodland with paths leading to 13th century chapel ruins and Iron Age hillfort

    Path at Chapel Wood nature reserve
  • Hoy

    Dramatic upland and coastal scenery in Orkney's 'High Island'

    Puffin perching on rock
  • Dee Estuary - Burton Mere Wetlands

    A magnificent mosaic of wetlands and beautiful woodlands

    Adult black-tailed godwit
  • Inversnaid

    Spectacular woodland and moorland on the banks of Loch Lomond

    RSPB Inversnaid nature reserve
  • Minsmere

    Enjoy stunning views and the thrill of seeing some of our rarest wildlife

    Little tern on nest, Yarmouth
  • Mousa

    An uninhabited island with a rich history and wonderful widlife

    Oystercatcher sitting on nest
  • Pulborough Brooks

    Enjoy a walk at this beautiful reserve and get close to nature

    Female lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland
  • Rainham Marshes

    Big skies, exciting wildlife and a great place for a walk - all inside the M25!

    Rainham Marshes visitor centre
  • Rathlin Island

    Rathlin boasts Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and panoramic coastal views

    Southern cliffs of Rathlin Island
  • South Stack Cliffs

    A spectacular cliff and heathland seascape

    Ellins Tower at the RSPB South Stack cliffs nature reserve, Anglesey
  • The Lodge

    Discover woodland, heathland, formal gardens and Iron Age archaeology

    Flower borders in front of The Lodge
  • The Oa

    A circular walk along stunning sea cliffs, with magnificent views across to Northern Ireland

    View from Dun Athad towards Beinn Mhor, RSPB The Oa nature reserve
  • Titchwell Marsh

    You'll love the big skies, sandy beach, bird-filled marshes and our shop and café

    Winter-plumaged sanderling running along wet beach
  • Wood of Cree

    Ancient oak woodland, tumbling burns and a carpet of bluebells

    Male wood warbler singing