Reserve open.Adur Estuary
Our reserves await you
Our ears and eyes tell us that summer is just around the corner. Travellers have reached our shores and sing from blossoming thickets and hedges. Others wheel overhead, at one with the skies. A warming sun and blooming flowers coupled with an insect buzz add to the lure of much needed time outdoors. Time for reflection and healing. Nature is there when we need it most.
With more positive news about coronavirus and a greater number having received vaccinations, many of us will be looking to make the most of easing restrictions, striking out further afield, contemplating nights away from home and dare we say, a holiday!
And we are looking forward to seeing you at our wonderful reserves as the summer unfolds. Despite everything that happened, 2020 proved to be a brilliant year for wildlife on RSPB reserves with many threatened species having a successful season. So much amazing nature and wildlife. More than 18,000 species at the latest count and we can’t wait for you to return and enjoy all this with us.
But it’s a joint effort. We really couldn’t do what we do for nature without you, our members and supporters. It’s been a difficult year for all of us but thanks to your continued support, our work restoring, and reviving nature’s fortunes continues.
Thank you (and see you soon)
As government advice changes in your area please check our individual reserve pages prior to your visit.
We are looking forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to our reserves. If you are looking for a place to stretch your legs, enjoy the fresh air and rediscover our natural world then why not plan a visit to your local reserve?
If you have never been to a nature reserve before, or would like to invite someone to visit for the first time then five simple steps could make all the difference in helping our wildlife as we ease out of lockdown and get back into the countryside.
1. Stay Alert - any habitat can be a home for wildlife and many of our most vulnerable species are very good at hiding themselves in plain sight. Beaches are home to threatened ground nesting birds like little terns and ringed plover, while seals have been choosing to rest at popular spots during lockdown. Even the grass verges next to paths could be hiding skylark or meadow pipit chicks!
2. Stick to paths and bridleways – the simplest way to give nature space is to keep to the spaces we usually use most, so please do stay on the amazing network of public footpaths and bridleways.
3. Keep dogs on leads in the open countryside – They might be man’s best friend but for vulnerable chicks, a dog bounding through a nest can pose a real threat. Keeping your dog on a lead in the open countryside will help protect both wildlife and livestock. Heathlands are home to ground nesting rare nightjar and woodlark, which can be easily disturbed by dogs off leads.
4. Back away if you disturb a breeding species. Short, sharp alarm calls, birds with full beaks or coming unusually near to you usually mean you are too close to young, which can often be very well hidden even if they are almost underfoot! If you see any of this behaviour, you should back up the way you came to avoid any risk of disturbing or injuring young, being careful to watch where you tread.
5. Report bad behaviour – If you notice anything suspicious going on in your local countryside, such as evidence of wildlife crime, fly-tipping or uncontrolled fires, then please do report this to your local wildlife crime officer using the police 101 number.
With some restrictions still in place, we would also ask you to scroll down and check the map for the latest information on what reserves and facilities are available.
You may also meet our team away from our reserves as we return to face-to-face fundraising. This is an important way for us to talk to the public about wildlife, nature and the work of the RSPB . All of our face-to-face teams have been trained in how to keep the public safe, including the option of a contact free joining method for those wanting to support the RSPB’s work.
Check the map below for reserve information.
You don’t currently need to pre-book your visit, but please be aware that some of our sites have limited car parking, so can quickly become full. Be mindful of this before you set off and do consider visiting at a less busy time or having an alternative destination if needed when you get there.
We want to let you know how we are responding to the changing Covid-19 situation. Our priority is to keep you and our teams safe. When you visit, you’ll notice we’ve made some changes.
When it comes to which facilities are open on reserves, each site has been considered on an individual basis. We have looked at what it is possible to keep open across the UK, within country-specific Government guidance, the layout of facilities, and the staffing we have available to manage the site safely.
We also take precautions to protect our special wildlife.
Hand sanitiser is available on some reserves, but we advise you to bring your own too.
We ask that all visitors, except those who are exempt from doing so, please wear a face-covering while in RSPB visitor centres, shops, hides, cafes and toilets.
Thank you for your co-operation to help keep everyone safe.
In line with Government regulations, our teams will be wearing face coverings indoors too.
Please be aware that Government guidance on face coverings may be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Please adhere to all guidance on social distancing both indoors and outdoors on our reserves.
On several sites, we have introduced one-way systems or created more passing places along our trails where necessary to allow for social/physical distancing. Please follow the signage in place.
Be aware the guidance on distancing may be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For reserves in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland where we charge for entry, and those reserves where we sell refreshments that are consumed on-site, you will be asked to check-in to your national Test and Trace app. In situations where it is not possible to use the app, our welcome teams will ask you to provide some basic written details instead.
This is to enable national NHS Test and Trace systems to get in touch should they need to. It also now means that if you feel unable or unwilling to check-in with the app or provide written details, we may, unfortunately, have to refuse entry or service as a result.
We are following strict data protection guidelines so your personal details will be held securely and confidentially by us in accordance with the country data protection requirements.
We will only release the data to the relevant country NHS if absolutely necessary, will not use it for any other purpose and will securely destroy it after 21 days as required.
Thank you for following this legal requirement and helping to keep everyone safe.
For further Government information, see England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
Toilets are open on many reserves and we have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes in line with Government guidance. Where it isn’t possible to have our toilets open, this may be due to country-specific or local restrictions, the layout of our facilities, or the staffing we have available to manage them safely. Please see the map below for facilities available at individual reserves.
The majority of our hides are open. Where it isn’t possible for a hide to be open, this can be due to the size of the hide or the routes to it not allowing for social distancing, or limited staffing available to manage them safely.
When using our hides, so that you can safely enjoy your experience, we ask that all visitors, except those who are exempt from doing so, please wear a face-covering when inside. We may have had to fix hide windows open or closed to reduce the number of touchpoints.
You'll spot that we've got maximum numbers signposted at the entrance to the hides too; please adhere to these and consider the amount of time you dwell in hides on busy days, to allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful wildlife in safety.
Please use hand sanitiser where provided, observe social/physical distancing, and follow all signage in the hide. See the map below for facilities available at individual reserves.
In line with UK government guidelines, our cafes will be open for take-away options in England, Scotland and Wales.
Please see the map below for facilities available at individual reserves.
You’re welcome to bring a picnic along with you. Please follow Government guidelines on travel and follow social distancing when using our picnic benches and other seating. Please take litter home with you.
BBQs are a fire risk, endangering others and wildlife. They are not permitted on our reserves in England, Wales or Northern Ireland at any time.
In Scotland, we ask that you refer to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the relevant National Park Authority guidelines when considering lighting a fire or a stove on a reserve.
Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland or on peaty ground and follow all advice at times of high risk.
Some reserves are operating reduced opening times or days to normal, in order to maintain safe numbers or due to reduced staffing at the moment.
Please see the map below for the opening times of individual reserves or visit the individual reserve website.
Access to sites or facilities located within areas subject to additional country or local area restrictions may be reduced or closed to comply with specific laws or guidance. Rules may be different in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and between areas.
Under country or local restrictions, group sizes, social/physical distancing and other requirements may differ from site to site, even within the same country. Please check individual site information for additional restrictions that apply before planning a visit.
Reserve open.Adur Estuary
Reserve open.Amberley Wildbrooks
Car park, trails: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Welcome area: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm
Toilets & take away refreshments: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Shop: open Wed-Sun, 10.30am-4pm.
Reserve open.Aylesbeare Common
Trails, toilets and car park open.Balranald
Trails, hides and car park open.Barons Haugh
Car park and trails: open daily, dawn-dusk
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Café: open daily for takeaway refreshments, 10am-3.30pm.
Visitor centre and shop: Open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Reserve open.Beckingham Marshes
The visitor centre is open everyday 10am - 5pm, except Tuesdays. Hides 1 and 2 are open daily.Belfasts Window on Wildlife
Reserve open.Berney Marshes
All trails and hide now open.Birsay Moors
Trails open.Black Devon Wetlands
Car park, nature reserve, hides and toilets: open daily, 9am-6pm. Closed and locked outside of these hours.
Visitor Centre and refreshments: closed.
Reserve open.Blean Woods
Nature reserve trails: open daily, at all times.
Car park: closed until further notice due to incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Reserve open. The lookout visitor facilities are closed, however the Bowling Green Marsh hide is available by advanced booking only, see website for detailsBowling Green Marsh
Reserve open.Boyton and Hollesley Marshes
Reserve open. Hides closed.Brading Marshes
Reserve open.Broadwater Warren
All trails and car park open.Brodgar
Trails and car park open.Broubster Leans
Reserve open.Buckenham Marshes
Reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Visitor centre: closed.
Toilets: open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and at weekends when we have available volunteer support.
Nature reserve open.Canvey Wick
Reserve and car park open.Capel Fleet
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Carngafallt
RSPB shop: open daily, 11am-5pm.
Other facilities: please check site-owner Severn Trent Water's website for opening times of other facilities at Carsington Water.
Nature reserve open.Chapel Wood
Nature reserve open.Church Wood
Nature reserve open. Car park open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm only.Cliffe pools
Trails and car park open. Information Centre currently closed.Coll
Nature reserve, car park and toilets: open daily, 9am-9pm (or dawn-dusk if earlier).Consall Woods
Car park & Toilets – 9am-5pm.
Welcome hub & Shop – 9.30am-5pm.
Coffee shop – 10am-4:30pm.
Nature reserve: open daily, 9am-dusk
Visitor Centre: closed.
Toilets: open daily, 8am-8pm (April-October) and 9am-5pm (November-March)
Trails and car park open.Corrimony
All trails and hides are open.Cottascarth
Trails and car park open.Crook of Baldoon
All trails and car park open.Culbin Sands
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Cwm Clydach
Our shop here is open:
Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Bank Holidays: 9am - 5pm
Nature reserve open.Dearne Valley - Adwick Washland
Nature reserve open.Dearne Valley - Gypsy Marsh
Car park and trails: open daily, 9:30am-4pm
Toilets, shop: open daily, 9:30am-4pm.
Café: take away refreshments available daily, 9:30am-3:30pm.
Nature reserve open.Dearne Valley - Wombwell Ings
Car park: open daily, 9am-9pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Nature reserve: open daily, 9am-9pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-9pm.
Visitor Centre: Closed.
Refreshments and mail order shop: open daily, 9.30am-
Nature reserve open.Dee Estuary - Parkgate
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Dee Estuary - Point of Ayr
Nature reserve open.Dingle Marshes
Trails and car park open.Dunnet head
Car park, toilets and trails: open daily, 9am-5pm.
Shop and visitor centre: open daily, 10am-5pm.
Nature reserve, car park and toilets open 9.30am-4pm.
Visit the webpage for other facilities details.
Nature reserve open.Exminster Marshes
Car park, trails and hides: open daily, 6am-8pm
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Take away refreshments: available daily, 9.30am-5pm
Shop: open daily, 9.30am -5pm
Reopening Thursday 29 April 2021.
Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re delighted that the Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre (formerly Ribble Discovery Centre) is having a complete makeover. See website for details.
All trails and car park open.Fairy Glen
Nature reserve open.
Main car park: belongs to our neighbours and is currently closed. Festive opening times may vary.
Nearby parking laybys are available.
Car park, trails and hide: open daily.Fen Drayton
The trails are open. Access to this reserve is dependant on local ferry operations.Fetlar
We're delighted to have opened our seasonal wildlife garden daily as of 12 April - 1 November from 10.30am - 4:30pm
Please note we are closed: 2 November - 31 March
Trails open for essential daily exerciseFore Wood
Trails, car park and viewing hide open. Visitor Centre and toilets open Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm.Forsinard
Nature reserve, hides and car park: open.Fowlmere
All trails are open. The hide is currently closed.Fowlsheugh
Car park and reserve trails: open daily, at all times.
Toilets, shop and hides: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Café: closed but take away refreshments available daily, 10am-4pm.
Reserve, hides and car parks open.Freiston Shore
Reserve trails and car park open.Garston Wood
Reserve trails, toilets and car park: open.
Visitor centre: closed.
Trails and car park open.Glenborrodale
All trails, hides and car park openGreylake
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Gwenffrwd-Dinas
Reserve trails and hides: open daily, at all times.
Car park and toilets: 5am - 10pm
Outdoor welcome point and refreshments open weekends 10am-4pm, weekdays when a volunteer is available.
Nature reserve open.Hayle Estuary
Nature reserve open.Hazeley Heath
Nature reserve trails and car park open.Hesketh Out Marsh
Car park and nature reserve: Car park open weekends and Bank Holidays April-September 10am-4pm. Nature reserve open to pedestrians at all times.
Trails and car park open.Hobbister
Nature reserve open.Hodbarrow
All trails open.Hoy
Nature reserve open.Isley Marsh
Trails, hide and car park open.Insh Marshes
Trails are open. All other facilities are closed.Inversnaid
Trails and car park open. Hides currently closed.Ken-Dee Marshes Open
Nature reserve open.Labrador Bay
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Lake Vyrnwy
Nature reserve trails and car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Toilets and staffed, outdoor welcome point with a small selection of refreshments: open daily, 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-4pm weekends.
Visitor centre, and hides: closed
Car park and trails open: daily, dawn-dusk.Langford Lowfields
Car parks and nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Toilets, shop and hides: open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Café: open daily, 9.30am-5pm. Limited indoor seating or take away refreshments.
Trails and car park open.Loch Druidibeg
Loch Garten Nature Centre and toilet, trails and car parks are open. The track up to Forest Lodge remains closed as does the car park at this location.Loch Garten
Trails, car park, hides, toilets and visitor centre open.Loch Gruinart
Car park, hides and trails are open.Loch of Kinnordy
Car park partially open, toilet available, Pop-up Shop and Coffee Cabin open 10am - 4pm daily. Trails and hides are open. Cafe and visitor centre closed.Loch Leven
All trails, toilet and car park open. Visitor hub is closed.Loch Lomond
Trails and car park open. Please check sign in the car park for hide opening information.Loch Ruthven
Trails are open.Loch of Spiggie
All trails and car park open. Hide currently closed.Loch Spynie
The car park, hides, visitor centre, trails and toilets are open.Loch of Strathbeg
Trails and car park open.Loch Na Muilne
The Visitor Centre, shop, hides, car park, toilets and trails are open.Lochwinnoch
Nature reserve open.Lodmoor
Reserve open at all times.Lytchett Fields
Nature reserve open.Marazion Marsh
Festive opening times differ - see website.
Trails and car park open.Marwick Head
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Mawddach Valley - Arthog Bog
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.Mawddach Valley - Coed Garth Gell
Car park, trails, toilet, hides and play area open. Visitor Centre closed.Mersehead
Car park: open, 8am - 5pm.
Nature reserve: open, dawn-dusk.
Visitor Hub: Manned at weekends & some week days.
Car park: open, dawn-dusk
Visitor Centre and toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm
Café and shop: open daily, 10am-4:00pm
Trails and hide are open. Access to this reserve is reliant on ferry services from mainland Orkney.Mill Dam
Trails open. Only accessible via local boat operators, boat trips due to restart 1 May.Mousa
Car park and trails are open. All other facilities are closed.Mull of Galloway
Car park and reserve: open daily dawn-dusk
Visitor centre and toilets: open weekends and Bank Holidays, 10am-4pm.
Hides: Lower Hide open at all times, Campbell Hide closed
Nature reserve open.Nene Washes
Car park and toilets are open daily 9am to 5pm (locked outside of these times). The car park charge is £3 for non-members, free for rspb members.
The shop and café are available between 10am and 4pm.
All trails, hide and car park open.Nigg Bay
Trails are open. Please note access to this reserve relies on ferry or air travel from mainland Orkney.North Hill
Reserve open. Car park open daily, 10am-4pm.
Toilets, hide and Cherry Orchard are closed.
All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.North Warren and Aldringham Walks
Trails open. Access to this reserve relies on ferry travel from mainland Orkney.Noup Cliffs
Car park: open, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Closed outside of these hours.
Nature reserve trails: open, daily.
All trails open. Please note that access to this reserve relies on ferry travel from mainland Orkney. Local restrictions may apply.Onziebust
Otmoor Lane will be closed Monday 17 May - Friday 21 May due to water works being undertaken in the village. Access to the nature reserve will not be possible during this time. Please do not park on nearby roads.Otmoor
Although trails open for essential, daily exercise only, they are incredibly muddy and virtually impassable in places, following recent wet weather. Alternative destination for outdoor exercise recommended at the moment.Ouse Fen
Sadly, we remain temporarily closed to visitors at the moment. There is no access to the footpaths, hides, toilets and visitor centre due to reservoir embankment works being carried out by the Environment Agency until November 2021.Ouse Washes
Car park: open at all times.
Trails and toilets: open daily, 9am-5pm.
Visitor Centre: open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Café: open Wednesday – Sunday 10am- 4pm takeaway only.
Hides: open, daily 10am-4pm, locked outside of these hours.
The indoor spaces at Portmore Lough are currently closed, including the bird hide and toilet facilities. The outdoor spaces, including the boardwalk and wildlife garden remain open for you to enjoy.Portmore Lough
Car park and trails: open daily, dawn-dusk
Hides: 2 hides open daily, dawn-dusk
Welcome hut and toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Shop: open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Café: Takeaway open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Tea Terrace open
Nature reserve: open.
Visitor centre and toilets: closed.
Open Thursday-Sunday only at the following times:
Car park, trails, toilets: 9.30am-4.30pm.
Shop and hides: closed.
Reserve open.Rockland Marshes
Open Sunday to Friday, closed Saturdays.
Car park, toilets and trails: open 9am-5pm.
Café/refreshments: open 9am-5pm for take away.
Visitor centre and hides: open.
Car park, Visitor Centre and trails: open daily, 9.30am-5pm
Shop: open daily, 10am-4.30pm
Café: open daily, 9.30am-4pm
Hides: open daily, 9.30am-4.40pm
Car park and trails: open daily
Toilets and Café (takeaway only): open Thursday - Sunday, 10am-4:30pm.
Hides: open Thursday – Sunday , 10:30am-4:00pm
Visitor centre and hide closed.
Car parks: Open daily, 9am-5pm (limited capacity)
Toilets, shop and cafe (take away only): open daily, 10am-5pm
All trails and car parks (where applicable) open. Any other facilities closed.Snape Warren
All trails, hides and car park open.Snettisham
Car park and trails: open daily, 6am-8pm
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Take away refreshments: available daily, 9.30am-5pm
Reserve open.St Bees Head
Reserve openStanford Wharf
All trails and car park open.Stour Estuary
Car park and trails open. Any other facilities closed.South stack cliffs
Car park, hides and trails: open daily, dawn-dusk
Toilets and staffed outdoor welcome point : open daily, 9.30am-5pm.
Takeaway refreshments available daily, 9.30am-5pm
Trails, toilets and car park open. Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre and Lighthouse now open.Sumburgh Head
Reserve open.Surlingham Church Marsh
Trails and car park open. Hides closed.Swell Wood
Nature reserve, car park and gardens: open.
Gatehouse toilets and shop: open 10am-4pm daily.
Gardens toilets and hide: closed.
Trails, hide and car park are open.The Loons and Loch of Banks
Trails and car park open.The Oa
Car park, trails and hides: Open daily, at all times.
Temporary toilets : Open daily, 9am – 5pm.
Shop and visitor centre : Open daily, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Café: closed but take away refreshments available daily, 9:30am-4:30pm.
The visitor centre and toilets are currently closed and supplementary feeding sessions are not being held. Feeding sessions are primarily for viewing purposes, the kites do not rely on the food we give them. Car park open.Tollie Red Kites
Trails and car park open.Troup Head
Trails are open. Access to the reserve relies on ferry travel from mainland Orkney. Local restrictions may apply.Trumland
Reserve open.Tudeley Woods
Trails and hide are open. The car park is currently closed.Udale Bay
Reserve open.Vange Marsh
Reserve, hides and car park open.Wallasea
Nature reserve open.West Canvey Marsh
Access to this reserve is by pre-booked guided walks only. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept bookings due to Covid-19 measures.West Sedgemoor
Reserve and car park open.Winterbourne Downs
Reserve and car park open.Wolves Wood
Trails and car park open.Wood of Cree
Car Park – Open (dawn – dusk)
Toilets – Open (9.30-5pm)
Trails – Open (dawn – dusk)
Reception/Visitor Centre – Open (9.30-4.30pm)
Café Lite Take Out – Open (9.30-4.30pm)
Hides – Closed
We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and patience at this challenging time. It really means a great deal to us. Our work on reserves and across the RSPB is only possible thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters like you.
Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon.