Located north of Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It formally opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the river Hull.
Spend the day wandering through the woods, wetlands and grasslands marvelling at all kinds of wildlife, from Otters to Dragonflies.
The two reservoirs - 'D' and 'O' dominate the reserve and have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid winter.
We recommend bringing lunch with you as the nearest town is nearly 10 miles away. Please note dogs are not permitted on the reserve nor are to be left in cars.
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Tuesday 27th March 10am - 12noon - Shelter building for beginners
Always take your friends along to the woods but make sure that if they get lost then they are prepared! Build shelters for your friends, thinking carefully of what an ideal shelter consists of. Will your friends be able to survive?
Tuesday 3rd April 2-4pm - Eggs & Nests, what do you know?
Birds and their eggs are protected by law but we can still find out fascinating facts about how birds build nests, their eggs and lots more. Team challenge, can you build like a bird?
Saturday 7th April 10am - 12noon - Nature Detectives
Tophill Low is a great nature reserve and is home to hundreds of animals, big and small. But they are not always keen. Join us to track them down and pick up some key tracking skills along the way.
May Half Term
Saturday 26th May 10am - 12 noon - Wild art & craft
Using all the fabulous natural materials here at Tophill Low create your very own piece of nature art. Get inspiration from the textures and colours that are part of our woodland to produce a master piece and display it in your very own natural frame.
Tuesday 29th May 2-4pm - Spring watch at Tophill Low
With so many animals, plants and birds at Tophill Low we can create our own Springwatch story. Choose a favourite animal or bird, find where it lives and start your storyline. Maybe it will be one of the animals on our webcams? Or find your own and report your story.
Saturday 28th July 10am - 12noon - Flower power & Butterfly bonanza
With the wild flower meadow now in all its glory increase your knowledge of wildflowers on the reserve. Not only are flowers stunning themselves but they provide essential food for the butterflies. On a hot sunny day what could be better than soaking up the sun in such a beautiful setting with flowers and butterflies all around.
Tuesday 31st July 2-4pm - Be your own nature guide
With some good knowledge of the flora and fauna on the reserve learn how to take your very own tour. Point out all those things that a warden needs to know and add your own findings too!
Tuesday 7th August 10am - 12noon - Scavenger Hunt
Follow the scavenger trail to learn about and find a range of bugs and beasties. Use pooters to catch and observe the life on the woodland floor. Peer into the bug hotel, lift a log, dig for worms!
Saturday 15th September 6.30-8.30pm - Bats & Barn Owls
Take an evening walk around the reserve to catch a glimpse of the marvellous barn owls and bats as the nights draw in. Using special echo locators we can find out what type of bats live on the reserve.
To book on at these
Margaret Boyd at
or ring 01377 270690.
Concessions: £1.80 (16 and under / 65 and over / registered disabled).
Under 5s go free.
Please note dogs are not permitted on the reserve nor are to be left in cars.