Carvers Rocks

Carvers Rocks, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Carvers Rocks, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Carvers Rocks, Louise Baker

Carvers Rocks, Louise Baker

Great crested grebe, Hilton Pete via Flickr

Great crested grebe, Hilton Pete via Flickr

A great place to see birds all year round, with rare habitats including one of the last areas of lowland heath in Derbyshire.


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On the A514 Ticknall to Swadlincote road
DE11 7AT

OS Map Reference

SK 3348 2226
A static map of Carvers Rocks

Know before you go

16 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

There is limited parking at the road gates.


Due to the distance from the nearest parking area and the nature of the paths it is only recommended for visitors with no more than slightly limited mobility (accompanied). Only one access is gated (main entrance) the rest being stiles. All paths are uneven and several are steep.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for bluebells and autumn for heather

About the reserve

Carvers Rocks lies at the southern end of Foremark Reservoir.

Its unusual habitats include marsh, alder woodland and sphagnum moss. During summer the wet marshes are a good place to see and hear reed buntings, while the reservoir fringe has breeding great crested grebes.

On the drier slopes woodland takes over and various woodland birds can be seen and heard. In the more open areas you may hear woodcock on early summer evenings.

On the tops, soils are much thinner and woodland is replaced by bracken and in places heather - the reserve has one of the last patches of lowland heath in Derbyshire and the Trust has planted further areas with heather to extend the heathland.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)