A list of nature areas around Preston, distances are approximate. Please view the website of the organisation named for full details. Access is not guaranteed. Please let me know if there are others to be added.
Martin Mere - WWT - 10 miles - near Ormskirk. As featured by Bill Oddie in Autumn Watch.
Brockholes - 1 mile - Lancashire, Manchester & Merseryside Wildlife Trusts - A59 / M6 junction.
Cuerden Park - 4 miles - near Bamber Bridge.
Marshside - RSPB - 15miles - River Ribble near Southport.
River Ribble Estuary - National Nature Reserve - 12 miles - north bank around Lytham and south bank around Marshside.
Bird Discovery Centre - RSPB - 15miles - Ansdell near Lytham.
Sefton Coast SSSI - English Nature - 20miles - near Southport.
Mere Sands Wood SSSI - Lancashire Trust for Nature - 15miles - near Rufford.
Formby Point Red Squirrel Reserve - National Trust - 20miles - near Southport.
Leighton Moss - RSPB - 35miles - near Carnforth.
Stanley Park / Marton Mere - Blackpool Council - 20 miles in Blackpool.
Wyreside Ecology Centre - Wyre Borough Council - 20 miles Skipool near Thornton.
Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. - mixed ownership - 15 miles north east. link to more information - http://www.forestofbowland.com/