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Wyver Lane

One of the Trust's most important wetland reserves

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Lying next to the River Derwent, Wyver Lane is one of the Trust's most important wetland reserves. It is within the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and is a lovely place to visit, with the surrounding hills making a great setting for a walk. The reserve has many resident bird species, including Canada geese, tufted duck and little grebe. Throughout the year, many more species visit, from waders such as curlew and common sandpiper passing through in spring, to birds which breed here such as lapwing. Large numbers of gulls visit the reserve during winter - they are mainly black headed gulls, but you may also see common, herring, lesser and greater black backed gulls. They are joined by wildfowl escaping the icy north. In really cold conditions, numbers of duck species such as wigeon can reach more than 100. The reserve is one of the few remaining areas of wet grassland in the mid-Derwent Valley and is the only site with large enough areas of undisturbed grassland for wigeon to overwinter.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland
Species
Lapwing, Wigeon, Tufted Duck

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Reserve information

Location
North of Belper
Belper
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK 345 493
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
8.00 hectares
Access
There is no access onto the reserve but you can watch the wildlife from the lane or from the Trust's hide. A permit is required for the hide. The hide and lane are accessible to wheelchairs. It may be possible to access the new viewing mound with assistance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk