Lock Lane Ash Tip gatekeeper butterfly, Jim Russell

Lock Lane Ash Tip gatekeeper butterfly, Jim Russell

Common lizard, Philip Precey

Common lizard, Philip Precey 

Once used as a tip for ash from the railways, Lock Lane now provides a valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Location

Between Sawley and Trentlock.
Long Eaton
Derbyshire

OS Map Reference

SK 4823 3168
A static map of Lock Lane Ash Tip

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park on Lock Lane, near the level crossing

Access

Permit required, please contact the Trust.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times - permit required, give us a call

Best time to visit

Summer for moths and butterflies and wild flowers

About the reserve

Once used as a tip for ash from the railways, Lock Lane now provides a valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.

While the ash is a harsh medium that many plants can not tolerate, several species flourish here, among them thyme-leaved sandwort and small toadflax.

More than 200 species of moth have been recorded here, as well as 16 species of butterfly, including the small heath and gatekeeper.

In addition to the areas of ash, the waste deposited here has created areas of limestone. As a result there are several plant species more commonly seen in the limestone dales further north, such as viper's bugloss.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188