DARLEY DALE: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to host talk on nature reserves

Darley Dale


Many people have heard of their local wildlife trust and the nature reserves which they run, but how many people actually know what goes on down on those reserves? Wye and Upper Derwent Group of Derbyhsire Wildlife Trust’s next talk will answer this question when Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Reserves Officer, Julia Gow, comes to talk to us about the reserves and her work.

Today Derbyshire Wildlife Trust manages 42 reserves throughout the county with habitats including wetlands, woodlands, moorland and wildlife meadows. These reserves are managed to maximise their biodiversity by using techniques such as woodland management, grazing and scrub management.

Some of THE nearest reserves are in the Wye Valley, running between Deepdale and Topley Pike as far as Cramside Wood. On these reserves you can see the crystal clear Wye with its water voles, towering limestone cliffs and wildflower meadows. Gorgeous wild flowers from early purple orchids and cowslips to bloody cranesbill and Jacob’s ladder are found there. In the east of the county The Avenue Washlands Reserve, near Wingerworth, is a remarkable nature reserve created in an area once heavily polluted as a result of its industrial past. Now you can go there and look in the reedbeds, ponds and grassland for birds such as lapwing, little grebe and yellowhammer, whilst marvelling at what can be achieved.

The talk is on Monday, February 25, at Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall, Dale Road, at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 and everyone is welcome.