Know before you go
Parking informationPark inside the grounds of the former power station, DE15 9TE
Permit required, please contact the Trust.
The parking area is close to two wheelchair accessible hides (located in close proximity to each other) and these are both along good tracks and boardwalk. The track along the southern boundary of the site (east from the hides) and heading into the reserve is flat and relatively firm and should be suitable for wheelchair access. The two bird hides on the northern areas of the reserve are along muddy paths and/or up steps and are not wheelchair accessible.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen during daylight hours
Best time to visitWinter for the chance to see bittern or at dawn to catch a glimpse of bird ringing
About the reserve
Drakelow Nature Reserve consists of old gravel pits and riverside meadow in the floodplain of the River Trent.
It lies on a natural meander on the south side of the river just upstream of Burton on Trent.
Its location has made it an extremely important flyway for birds for many years and it now forms a significant link in a chain of wetland reserves along the Trent Valley.
The variety of habitat attracts a wide range of species including large numbers of wildfowl in the winter months, breeding and roosting cormorants and a range of smaller species including reed warbler in summer and water rail in winter.
During summer the site is also rich in butterflies and dragonflies with all the commoner species being recorded here.
Take a look at the latest sightings
Drakelow Nature Reserve sightings reported by Tom Cockburn
On the Strip Snipe numbered 15
Carr Vale sighting reported by Mark Beevers
Barn Owl (morning and dusk).
Carr Vales Sightings Report by Mark Beavers
Cetti's warblers are present
The Avenue Washlands sightings report by Brian Cuttell
A Little Egret was a nice surprise on the Duck Marsh pond
Drakelow Sightings Report by Tom Cockburn
Great white and little egrets
Wyver Lane sightings report by Les Easom
Spotted at Wyver Lane