Erewash

Erewash Meadows, Derbyshire Wildlife TrustErewash Meadows, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

The Erewash Living Landscape is a shared vision between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts and other partner organisations.

The River Erewash forms the boundary  between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and partners from both counties are working towards a vision of a Living Landscape in the area.

Coal mining and mineral extraction have made their mark on the landscape, and while much industry has now gone, this is still a largely urban area.

Many of the habitats reflect the industrial past, from wetlands created in former gravel extraction pits at Attenborough to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's newest nature reserve, Woodside, which is on the site of the former Woodside Colliery at Shipley.

The river and canal form important wildlife corridors. The Erewash Canal supports rich plant life, as well as grass snakes and water voles. The river was recently found to support an important population of native white-clawed crayfish.

We will be encouraging and advising local businesses to manage their land for wildlife and to support local initiatives.

We are a partner in the Erewash Valley Trail project. The trail was opened in 2010 and the partnership is now looking at developing other projects in the area.