Kings Dyke Nature Reserve

Welcome to the homepage of the national-award-winning Kings Dyke Nature Reserve.

Important information

Kings dyke nature reserve is pleased to announce the paths within the reserve are open again from the 3rd December 2020, however, the hides and toilet remain closed until further notice.
Please note that access to the reserve is only open to current members who will be provided with a code for the gate, which is currently locked.
If you are not a member you will need to complete a membership form (See bar on left of the page) to obtain a permit and access details before you visit. This typically takes a week to process so if you are intending to visit please allow an appropriate time period.
Please note the water levels in the reserve currently are extremely high and some of the paths are flooded, so a stout pair of wellingtons is a must when visiting.


Come and experience nature first hand. Kings Dyke Nature Reserve offers a peaceful place to observe an abundance of wildlife as well as offering facilities and activities for visitors including:

  • Bird watching hides;
  • Fossil hunting area;
  • Pond dipping area;
  • Informative nature trails;
  • Elevated viewing areas;
  • School and community group visits;
  • Volunteer work parties;
  • A wide range of member events throughout the year;

The history of the site dates back to the 1920’s when clay was dug by pick-axe and shovel. The site was worked out in the 1970’s and was finally restored in 1995. It now offers a wonderful example of how industrial land can be transformed to benefit both wildlife and the local community. Disabled access is also available to part of the reserve.

All of this is available, all year round, via a free membership permit. To obtain your free permit, please download and complete the application form on the left navigation menu or pick-up one from the entrance gate at the reserve. 

Please note, that to protect vulnerable wildlife, the nature reserve has a strict no dog policy.

Please explore the site for more information as well as the latest news from the reserve.

Members also have access to an active Facebook page, which has an array of wildlife photographs and the latest reserve sightings.