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Morley Brickyards

Former clay pits that are a refuge for a range of wildlife

These former clay pits, which once produced material for bricks, now form a series of shallow pools that provide refuge for a range of wildlife. Please keep to the path through the reserve, but be aware that it is uneven in places and can be flooded in winter. You enter the reserve through woodland, which consists mainly of oak and birch, where both broad buckler fern and narrow buckler fern can be found. When you reach the ponds you will find reed mace, water plantain and water violet. This plant is now rare in Derbyshire and Morley has one of the best colonies in the county. Away from the water's edge, there are a range of wetland habitats including willow carr and rush. Here you will also come across yellow archangel and ragged robin. In early spring the reserve's ponds and ditches provide an ideal breeding ground for amphibians - great crested newts, smooth newts, toads and frogs. With carp and tench in the water, fish-eating birds are occasional visitors - you may spot a kingfisher or a heron patiently waiting for a meal.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland, Woodland
Species
Great Crested Newt, Kingfisher

Nearby nature reserves

Mapperley Wood
3 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Woodside Farm
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Wyver Lane
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
South of Brick Kiln Lane, which runs west from the A608 Derby to Heanor road at Morley Smithy.
Derby
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK 388 418
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.00 hectares
Walking information
Please keep to the path through the reserve, but be aware that it is uneven in places and can be flooded in winter.
Parking
Park alongside Brick Kiln Lane
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk