Kings Dyke Nature Reserve

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



Access is currently unavailable to the tracks and ground to the right (south and south east) of the Main Bird Hide, due to unstable ground following heavy rain in the last weeks.

Forterra are assessing the condition of the ground before any further access can be allowed. Updates will follow either from Forterra or from the Reserve Management.

We apologise for this situation, however Health & Safety must be all of our main concern, and for this reason this area will be closed off until further notice.

See image for clarity of the area affected:

Access closed – Red line boundary


Exciting Announcement!!

Kings Dyke Nature Reserve’s 25th Anniversary


On Monday 1st July 2024, Kings Dyke Nature Reserve is 25!
To mark this milestone, we are planning a weekend of celebration!
A Bioblitz running from midnight on Friday 28th June 2024, and a weekend of open events on Saturday and Sunday 29th/30th June 2024, from 10am until 5pm. We are also looking to hold an evening event on Saturday 29th too, for members only (details to follow).
We are planning a wildlife fair type event, incorporating the history of the site and the brickworks, plus special events, talks, walks, lots of stalls, displays, family activities, food vendors etc.
We want to make it a brilliant, memorable weekend, full of fun and activities, for our members and the public to remember for years to come.
Please join in!
We would love to get members involved. If you as a member have anything you would like to showcase at the event, e.g. a stall of crafts, paintings, (anything interesting you think visitors will enjoy!) and/or a speciality which could make up a special event (e.g. astronomy, photography, specialist fauna I.D etc), please do get in touch! The more the merrier! 
Please contact if you would like to join in!


King’s Dyke Nature reserve

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 (which must be obtained prior to visiting). To obtain your free permit, please download and complete the application form on the left navigation menu. Please allow up to 1 week for applications to be processed. 

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.