Barton Pool

Barton pool, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Barton pool, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

Hoverfly, Natural Diversity via Flickr

Hoverfly, Natural Diversity via Flickr

Bullfinch, Damian Waters

Bullfinch, Damian Waters

A safe haven for many unusual plants this small wetland reserve is right next to Attenborough Nature Reserve.

It is important for its insects, especially hoverflies and its old pollard willows.


Barton Rd,

Long Eaton
NG10 2FN

OS Map Reference

SK 504 331
A static map of Barton Pool

Know before you go

1 hectare

Entry fee

No - view from path

Walking trails

An informal footpath follows the reserve's southern boundary.


It is a fair distance from the parking area and so may not be suitable for those with limited walking ability. However, the path that circumnavigates the reserve is reasonably flat and even. 

The site is very close to Attenborough Nature Reserve where there are good facilities and access options.


No dogs permitted
except for assistance dogs

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring/summer for insects and unusual plants. Winter for wildfowl and birds.

About the reserve

Next to the busy commuter line between Long Eaton and Nottingham, this small wetland reserve is overlooked by hundreds of commuters every day. Yet the railway embankment itself is included within the reserve's boundaries, and this small area provides a safe haven for many unusual plants. The areas of fen support a range of plant species; among them are greater pond sedge, greater yellowcress, reedmace and soft rush. In mid-summer gipsywort can be found, alongside fine-leaved water dropwort, another rare species for the county. The wetland is very important for invertebrates including hoverflies, while the boundary holds many mature trees including old pollard willows, which provide refuge for a range of birds

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188