Visiting The Sanctuary LNR

Skylark: Stefan JohanssonSkylark: Stefan Johansson

The Sanctuary Reserve is only visible from the perimeter fence – there has never been any access onto the site itself. Viewing platforms along the fence line gave sufficient views onto the reserve.

The Sanctuary Nature Reserve lies to the south of Pride Park Football stadium and the new Multisports arena (velodrome) on the south side of Derby City. It is owned by the city council.

Access is not permitted (it would disturb the birds) but viewing platforms can be found around the perimeter fence, giving good views onto the site.

The council allows free car access for visitors onto the new park and ride car park, accessed from the road which runs behind the football stadium. Once parked, you can walk either round the fence behind the velodrome to view the lake or go towards the river and then down the riverside path and cycle track.

There is not much bird life in the winter but the reserve really comes to life in spring when migrants such as wheatears use the site for resting and returning breeding birds such as skylarks, little ringed plovers, sand martins and lapwings set up territories.

If you see any birds on the reserve please email thesanctuaryLNR@gmail.com since we are trying to monitor them.