Bestwood

Bestwood sits between a network of nature reserves and green spaces - a living landscape for nature in Nottingham. Quite a lot of Bestwood sits on soil which is particularly acidic - this means that rare acidic grassland and heathland can be found across the area - a special habitat that makes Bestwood’s green spaces so good for wildlife.

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Springfield Corner Nature Reserve

Springfield Corner Nature Reserve is a trianglular green space next to Moorbridge tram stop.  The River Leen runs through the back of the site, providing lovely views. Visitors can wander through beautiful woodland and grassy areas.

Springfield Corner is managed by Nottingham City Council.

Moorbridge Pond Nature Reserve

Moorbridge Pond Nature Reserve

Moorbridge Pond is situated around the original “Bull Well” - a freshwater spring, and is the last remnant of a piece of wetland formerly known as Bulwell Bogs.

Moorbridge Pond is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway stretches the length of Bestwood Estate.  It follows the route of a former railway line, and is now a walkway and cycle route through a long thin oak woodland.

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway is managed by Nottingham City Council.

Image ©  Jo Sanderson-Mann

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway stretches the length of Bestwood Estate.  It follows the route of a former railway line, and is now a walkway and cycle route through a long thin oak woodland.

Hucknall Road Linear Walkway is managed by Nottingham City Council.

Image ©  Jo Sanderson-Mann

Sandy Banks Nature Reserve

Sandy Banks Nature Reserve

Once part of Sherwood Forest, this green valley sits in the heart of Bestwood.
Built on sandstone and as one of the few wild sites in the City, the grainy soils mean it’s a rare habitat which attracts insects and wildlife not spotted in many other areas.

The sandy soils also means there’s a perfect place for insects to bask in sunlight and easily bury somewhere cooler when it gets too hot.

Sandy Banks is managed by Nottingham City Council.

Image © Keren Young

Sunrise Hill Local Nature Reserve

Sunrise Hill Local Nature Reserve

The smallest Local Nature Reserve in the City!

But good things come in small packages...Sunrise Hill is particularly important for its wonderful grassland, butterflies and moths.

Sunrise Hill is managed by Nottingham City Council.

Image © Nottingham City Council

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Southglade Park library

Wildlife in the City works closely with Nottingham City's local libraries - a great place for resources about your local environment.

See more information on Southglade Park Library here.

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