Top summer reserves

Our top 12 reserves to visit this summer

Photo - Peter Bowden 

The sun's rays are full of warmth now and cast a dazzling glow over our towns, villages and countryside.

The scent of colourful wildflowers fill the air and bees, butterflies and insects dance in the skies.  Reptiles can be found basking in the sun, seabirds are clamouring on cliffsides, bats sweep swiftly through the air and glow-worms adorn the night with pinpricks of light.

Why not head down to Sergeants Orchard where wonderful displays of common spotted and pyramidal orchids can be found? Or how about a wander at Stanford Warren where reedbeds come alive with the sound of birds, including cettis, reed and sedge warblers. You may even hear the familiar call of the cuckoo overhead.

Here's a few of our top reserves to visit this summer.

North East

South East

North West

South West