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Witches Oak Water

Wetland reserve with 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats.

This large new wetland site was created primarily as a water storage and water pumping facility in times of severe drought for Severn Trent Water. However as part of the design a strong wetland habitat creation theme was linked to it. The site now contains a range of habitats including 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats.

 

Although still in its early stages the site is an important staging post for wildfowl and waders using the Trent Valley and offers winter refuge for occasional bitterns and smew as well as summer breeding habitat for reed and sedge warblers.


It is also important for butterflies and dragonflies that now occur in many of the grassland areas and shallow margins. Good numbers of common blue butterfly particularly favour one restored bank whist the longer grasslands can be full of common blue damselflies.

 

Unfortunately access is severely limited due to its proximity to the operational quarry and its primary function as a water storage facility. Currently access is restricted to a number of group visits each year which can be organised on request from the Trust as special access arrangements are in place.

 

Access from the westbound carriageway of the A50 using Shardlow Quarry access road after junction 1. Access by arrangement only.

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Lock Lane Ash Tip
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Risley Glebe
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Reserve information

Location
Access from the westbound carriageway of the A50 using Shardlow Quarry access road after junction 1. Access by arrangement only. Witches Oak Water Nr Shardlow Quarry Aston Lane
Aston on Trent
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK435293
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
May - Sep
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Access
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Group visits only - contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Paul Harasimow
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk