The fallen tree has been removed and there is now access to the car park.

A haven for birdwatchers in the Trent Valley

View recent sightings at Drakelow.


Drakelow Nature Reserve consists of old gravel pits and riverside meadow in the floodplain of the River Trent. It lies on a natural meander on the south side of the river just upstream of Burton on Trent. Its location has made it an extremely important flyway for birds for many years and it now forms a significant link in a chain of wetland reserves along the Trent Valley. The variety of habitat attracts a wide range of species including large numbers of wildfowl in the winter months, breeding and roosting cormorants and a range of smaller species including reed warbler in summer and water rail in winter. During summer the site is also rich in butterflies and dragonflies with all the commoner species being recorded here.


We have copies of Thomas Cockburn's full wildlife reports from Drakelow. Thomas is a wildlife enthusiast who has been visiting Drakelow for many years. The reports can be emailed upon request. Contact us at if you would like to see them. 

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Brankley Pastures
4 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Croxall Lakes
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Willington Gravel Pits
7 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Walton Road (Walton on Trent to Drakelow Road)
Burton upon Trent
The Access is at Gate C, there is a mixed surface drive of around 1 mile to the carpark.
Map reference
SK 223 204
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Opening Times
Open during daylight hours
Permit required

Permit required, please contact the Trust. There is wheelchair access along the main path and to the two main hides only. The car park is 1.2 miles from the entrance gate along a rough track.
Car park inside the grounds of the former Drakelow Power Station. Follow the access road from the gates to the parking area.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188