Everything you need to know to visit an RSPB reserve right now

Not all reserves are open. Please see the list below for more information.

We know how much you’re looking forward to getting back out into nature. We’re looking forward to seeing you! But please read through the following for crucial information about which of our reserves are currently open, restrictions that may be in place to keep everyone safe, and how you can help to protect vulnerable wildlife during your visit.

Planning your visit and keeping people safe

Before we open any reserve, our priority is to make sure that we have everything in place to keep our staff and visitors safe. We also need to take precautions to protect wildlife, especially as birds are currently nesting.

Please see below for which of our reserves are now open.

Welcome back to our reserves

We've been working hard to make sure your return to our reserves is safe for everyone.

It’s been a really difficult few months for all of us

but we are incredibly grateful for your continued support

and understanding in these really difficult times.

As the lock down starts to ease

we are gradually starting to re-open some of our reserves

So we can get back to enjoying some of the amazing wildlife that lives there

Over the last few weeks our staff  have been working really hard

to get measures in place to ensure our visitors are safe

so things are going to look a little bit different when you return

The most important thing you can do is to plan your visit

Guidance varies across the different parts of the UK

So please visit the RSPB website

to get the latest information about which sites are open

and what facilities are available

Car parking will be restricted in the short term in order to help with social distancing

So if you can visit by bike or by walking

and stay local that would be incredibly helpful

At the moment RSPB visitors centres and cafes remain closed

as do public hides and play areas

handwashing facilities are also not available at all sites

toilets also remain closed but we are working really hard

to get those open as soon as possible

because we have fewer members of staff on our reserves at the moment

it would also be really helpful if you could take your litter home

rather than leaving it in the bins provided

when out on our paths and trails

it’s really important that you stick to government guidance on social distancing

and if you follow reserve guidelines too

then we will all remain safe

So come and enjoy the views

the fresh air and the amazing wildlife

We can't wait to welcome you back

 

Before you travel

  • The list of open reserves will be regularly updated below. To avoid disappointment, please check this page before starting your journey
  • All hides, most toilets and visitor centres remain closed at this time. We'll begin to open these only when we're confident that it's safe to do so
  • Please be aware that our sites have limited car parking, so can quickly become full
  • Please follow all signage on reserves and be aware that new one-way systems, passing places and markings may be in place to help with social distancing
  • Do stay local to your nearest reserves and green spaces
  • Please follow the latest official advice on social distancing, hygiene and travel
  • Some of our reserves will be operating shorter opening hours than usual
  • Please make sure to follow Welsh Government guidelines when visiting a reserve in Wales
  • In Scotland our paths are accessible in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and we're working hard to open up our facilities to welcome you back safely. You should also follow the latest Scottish Government advice on travel, physical distancing and hygiene
  • Access to our island reserves may be restricted in line with ferry capacities, government advice and local restrictions. Please check with the relevant ferry company before you travel.

Open reserves

The following sites, their car parks and trails where applicable are now open. This list will be updated regularly so please check before visiting your local reserve, and follow all local government guidelines.

Find an open reserve - Please note opening times and facility availability may vary.

To find out more, pick a marker from the map or zoom in.
    • Adur Estuary

      Adur Estuary

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Adur Estuary
    • Amberley Wildbrooks

      Amberley Wildbrooks

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Amberley Wildbrooks
    • Arne

      Arne

      9.30am-6.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm.
      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Some toilets open. Our visitor centre, shop, café, other toilets and our hides remain closed.

      Arne
    • Aylesbeare Common

      Aylesbeare Common

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Aylesbeare Common
    • Balranald

      Balranald

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Balranald
    • Baron's Haugh

      Baron's Haugh

      All trails, car parks (where applicable) and some hides open. Any other facilities closed.

      Barons Haugh
    • Bempton cliffs

      Bempton cliffs

      Limited car park and trails open dawn to dusk. Toilets and café (served through a hatch, take-aways only) open 10am-4pm. Shop closed. Card payments only. Car park often full 10.30am-3pm, visit outside of those times if possible.

      Bempton cliffs
    • Beckingham Marshes

      Beckingham Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Beckingham Marshes
    • Belfast's Window on Wildlife

      Belfast's Window on Wildlife

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Belfasts Window on Wildlife
    • Berney Marshes

      Berney Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Berney Marshes
    • Black Devon Wetlands

      Black Devon Wetlands

      All trails, car parks (where applicable) and hides open. Any other facilities closed.

      Black Devon Wetlands
    • Blean Woods

      Blean Woods

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Blean Woods
    • Bowers Marsh

      Bowers Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Bowers Marsh
    • Bowling Green Marsh

      Bowling Green Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Bowling Green Marsh
    • Brading Marshes

      Brading Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Brading Marshes
    • Broadwater Warren

      Broadwater Warren

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Broadwater Warren
    • Brodgar

      Brodgar

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Brodgar
    • Broubster Leans

      Broubster Leans

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Broubster Leans
    • Buckenham Marshes

      Buckenham Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Buckenham Marshes
    • Burton Mere Wetlands

      Burton Mere Wetlands

      9am-5pm only.
      All trails, car parks and toilets (where applicable) open.
      Light refreshments available to buy with contactless payment.
      Any other facilities closed.

      Burton Mere Wetlands
    • Campfield Marsh

      Campfield Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Campfield Marsh
    • Canvey Wick

      Canvey Wick

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Canvey Wick
    • Capel Fleet

      Capel Fleet

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Capel Fleet
    • Carngafallt

      Carngafallt

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed

      Carngafallt
    • Chapel Wood

      Chapel Wood

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Chapel Wood
    • Church Wood

      Church Wood

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Church Wood
    • Cliffe pools

      Cliffe pools

      Car park open 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday only.

      Cliffe pools
    • Coll

      Coll

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Coll
    • Consall Woods

      Consall Woods

      The RSPB is now managing Consall Wood, but for information about facilities please go to Staffordshire County Council linked below.

      Consall Woods
    • Conwy

      Conwy

      10am-4pm initially. Car park open but with reduced capacity.

      Trails open but no other facilities available. 50% off the entrance fee.

      Conwy
    • Coombes Valley

      Coombes Valley

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Coombes Valley
    • Crook of Baldoon

      Crook of Baldoon

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Crook of Baldoon
    • Culbin Sands

      Culbin Sands

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Culbin Sands
    • Cwm Clydach

      Cwm Clydach

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Cwm Clydach
    • Dart's farm

      Dart's farm

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Shop open Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm and Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm. Any other facilities closed.

      Darts farm
    • Dingle Marshes

      Dingle Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Dingle Marshes
    • Dunnet head

      Dunnet head

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Dunnet head
    • Dungeness

      Dungeness

      Our main car park, trails and toilets (including our accessible toilet) are open from 10am - 5pm, Thursday to Sunday only.
      The ARC car park will be open daily 9am to 5pm.
      All other facilities closed.

      Dungeness
    • Eastern Moors

      Eastern Moors

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Eastern Moors
    • Exminster Marshes

      Exminster Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Exminster Marshes
    • Fairburn Ings

      Fairburn Ings

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fairburn Ings
    • Fairy Glen

      Fairy Glen

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fairy Glen
    • Farnham Heath

      Farnham Heath

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Farnham Heath
    • Fen Drayton

      Fen Drayton

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fen Drayton
    • Fore Wood

      Fore Wood

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fore Wood
    • Forsinard

      Forsinard

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Forsinard
    • Fowlmere

      Fowlmere

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fowlmere
    • Fowlsheugh

      Fowlsheugh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Fowlsheugh
    • Frampton Marsh

      Frampton Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open.
      Reedbed Hide is open.
      Accessible toilet open , 10am-4pm.
      Visitor centre, other hides and other toilets closed.

      Frampton Marsh
    • Freiston Shore

      Freiston Shore

      Hide now open (along with the trails and car park). Any other facilities closed.

      Freiston Shore
    • Garston Wood

      Garston Wood

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Garston Wood
    • Geltsdale

      Geltsdale

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Geltsdale
    • Glenborrodale

      Glenborrodale

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Glenborrodale
    • Greylake

      Greylake

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Greylake
    • Gwenffrwd-Dinas

      Gwenffrwd-Dinas

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed

      Gwenffrwd-Dinas
    • Ham Wall

      Ham Wall

      All trails, toilets and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Ham Wall
    • Haweswater

      Haweswater

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Haweswater
    • Hayle Estuary

      Hayle Estuary

      Some trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Hayle Estuary
    • Hazeley Heath

      Hazeley Heath

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Hazeley Heath
    • Hesketh Out Marsh

      Hesketh Out Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Hesketh Out Marsh
    • Hobbister

      Hobbister

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Hobbister
    • Hodbarrow

      Hodbarrow

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Hodbarrow
    • Insh Marshes

      Insh Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Insh Marshes
    • Labrador Bay

      Labrador Bay

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Labrador Bay
    • Lake Vyrnwy

      Lake Vyrnwy

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Lake Vyrnwy
    • Lakenheath Fen

      Lakenheath Fen

      Open from dawn to dusk.
      All trails and an accessible toilet are open.
      Disabled car parking available.
      Snacks and hot & cold drinks now available from the Visitor Centre in a takeaway form only, all other facilities closed.

      Lakenheath Fen
    • Langford Lowfields

      Langford Lowfields

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Langford Lowfields
    • Leighton Moss

      Leighton Moss

      9:30am-5pm only.
      Skytower open.
      All trails and car parks (where applicable), two of our hides and our accessible toilet are open.
      Any other facilities closed.

      Leighton Moss
    • Loch Druidibeg

      Loch Druidibeg

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open.
      Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Druidibeg
    • Loch Leven

      Loch Leven

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open.
      Toilets open.
      Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Leven
    • Loch Garten

      Loch Garten

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Garten
    • Loch Gruinart

      Loch Gruinart

      All trails and car parks (where applicable), plus some hides open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Gruinart
    • Loch of Kinnordy

      Loch of Kinnordy

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch of Kinnordy
    • Loch Ruthven

      Loch Ruthven

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Ruthven
    • Loch Spynie

      Loch Spynie

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch Spynie
    • Loch of Strathbeg

      Loch of Strathbeg

      All trails , car parks and toilets (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Loch of Strathbeg
    • Lochwinnoch

      Lochwinnoch

      All trails, toilets and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Lochwinnoch
    • Lodmoor

      Lodmoor

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Lodmoor
    • Lytchett Fields

      Lytchett Fields

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Lytchett Fields
    • Marazion Marsh

      Marazion Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Marazion Marsh
    • Marshside

      Marshside

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Marshside
    • Marwick Head

      Marwick Head

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Marwick Head
    • Mawddach Valley - Arthog Bog

      Mawddach Valley - Arthog Bog

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Mawddach Valley - Arthog Bog
    • Mawddach Valley - Coed Garth Gell

      Mawddach Valley - Coed Garth Gell

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Mawddach Valley - Coed Garth Gell
    • Mersehead

      Mersehead

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Mersehead
    • Middleton Lakes

      Middleton Lakes

      Car park open 8am-4pm only.
      All trails and car park open. Any other facilities closed.

      Middleton Lakes
    • Minsmere

      Minsmere

      Car park and trails open dawn til dusk. Toilets open daily 9am-5pm. Shop open Wednesday-Sunday only, 10am-4pm. Café remains closed but selection of cold drinks, snacks and ice creams available in shop.

      Minsmere
    • Nagshead

      Nagshead

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Nagshead
    • Na Muilne

      Na Muilne

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Na Muilne
    • Nene Washes

      Nene Washes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Nene Washes
    • Newport Wetlands

      Newport Wetlands

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Newport Wetlands
    • Nigg Bay

      Nigg Bay

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Nigg Bay
    • Northward Hill

      Northward Hill

      Car park open daily, 10am-4pm.
      Toilets and hide are closed for now.

      Northward Hill
    • North Warren and Aldringham Walks

      North Warren and Aldringham Walks

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      North Warren and Aldringham Walks
    • Old Hall Marshes

      Old Hall Marshes

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Old Hall Marshes
    • Old Moor

      Old Moor

      Car park, some trails, some hides, toilets open daily 9.30am-4pm. Any other facilities closed.

      Old Moor
    • Otmoor

      Otmoor

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Otmoor
    • Ouse Fen

      Ouse Fen

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Ouse Fen
    • Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

      Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Pagham Harbour and Medmerry
    • Portmore Lough

      Portmore Lough

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Portmore Lough
    • Pulborough Brooks

      Pulborough Brooks

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Due to limited staffing, the toilets are open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm only. Any other facilities closed.

      Pulborough Brooks
    • Radipole Lake

      Radipole Lake

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Radipole Lake
    • Rainham Marshes

      Rainham Marshes

      Car park, trails, some hides. Open 9:30am - 5pm, Thursday to Sunday only.
      Toilets open.
      Any other facilities closed.

      Rainham Marshes
    • Rye Meads

      Rye Meads

      Toilets open from 10am.
      A selection of cold drinks, ice creams and snacks are available to purchase.
      Visitor centre and hides closed.

      Rye Meads
    • Saltholme

      Saltholme

      8:30am - 4pm only.
      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Saltholme
    • Sandwell Valley

      Sandwell Valley

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Sandwell Valley
    • Sherwood forest

      Sherwood forest

      All trails open. Car park, toilets and shop open 10am-4pm only. Café remains closed but light, pre-packed refreshments and hot drinks available from catering van in the amphitheatre daily, 10am-4pm.

      Sherwood forest
    • Snape Warren

      Snape Warren

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Snape Warren
    • Snettisham

      Snettisham

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Snettisham
    • St Aidan’s

      St Aidan’s

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      St Aidan’s
    • St Bees Head

      St Bees Head

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      St Bees Head
    • Stanford Wharf

      Stanford Wharf

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Stanford Wharf
    • Stour Estuary

      Stour Estuary

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Stour Estuary
    • South stack cliffs

      South stack cliffs

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      South stack cliffs
    • Strumpshaw Fen

      Strumpshaw Fen

      All trails, car parks and toilets (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed

      Strumpshaw Fen
    • Sumburgh Head

      Sumburgh Head

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Sumburgh Head
    • Swell Wood

      Swell Wood

      Scarp Trail and car park open. Woodland Walk closed. Any other facilities closed.

      Swell Wood
    • The Lodge

      The Lodge

      Sunday-Friday 9am-5.45pm (closed Saturday).
      Car park and trails open.
      Toilets open 10am-5pm.

      The Lodge
    • The Loons and Loch of Banks

      The Loons and Loch of Banks

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      The Loons and Loch of Banks
    • The Oa

      The Oa

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      The Oa
    • Titchwell Marsh

      Titchwell Marsh

      Car park, trails, toilets, and Fen hide open.
      Limited café offer available.
      Toilets open 9am-5pm only.
      Shop, Parrinder hide and Island hide closed for now.

      Titchwell Marsh
    • Troup Head

      Troup Head

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Troup Head
    • Tudeley Woods

      Tudeley Woods

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Tudeley Woods
    • Vange Marsh

      Vange Marsh

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Vange Marsh
    • Wallasea

      Wallasea

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Wallasea
    • Winterbourne Downs

      Winterbourne Downs

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Winterbourne Downs
    • Wolves Wood

      Wolves Wood

      All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.

      Wolves Wood
    • Ynys-hir

      Ynys-hir

      Open Wed-Sun only (closed Monday and Tuesday)
      Entry: Adults £4.50, Children £2.50, Family Ticket £9
      Car park open but with reduced capacity

      Ynys-hir
    • Boyton and Hollesley Marshes

      Boyton and Hollesley Marshes

      Open as Usual.

      Boyton and Hollesley Marshes

    Helping wildlife out of the lockdown

    Much of our wildlife has become used to the unusual peace and quiet over the last few weeks. As the lockdown lifts, we need your help to keep disturbance to a minimum. Here are some tips, both when visiting our reserves, and elsewhere in the wider countryside: 

    1. Keep a look out – wildlife may have strayed into less sheltered places than usual. Tread cautiously on beaches, verges and paths.
    2. Stick to paths and bridleways – you can easily disturb wildlife by veering off-route.
    3. Keep dogs on leads in the open countryside and be mindful of areas that aren’t suitable for them - dogs can easily disturb ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.
    4. Back away – sharp alarm calls, birds with full beaks or coming unusually near to you could mean you’re too close to chicks. Back up the way you came, being careful where you step.
    5. Report anti-social behaviour – if you see anything suspicious, such as evidence of wildlife crime, fly-tipping or uncontrolled fires, report this to the relevant emergency service.

    Thank you again for your continued support and patience. It really means a great deal to all of us at the RSPB. In the meantime, stay safe, keep following all government guidelines wherever you live, and we look forward to welcoming you back.