Mapperley Wood

Mapperley Wood, Kate Lemon

Mapperley Wood, Kate Lemon

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Willow warbler, Sue Crookes

Willow warbler, Sue Crookes

Kingfisher, Malcolm Brown

Kingfisher, Malcolm Brown

The narrow belt of woodland and acid grassland glade is a glorious carpet of bluebells
in spring and as summer approaches it bursts with birdsong.


East of Mapperley Reservoir, on the southern edge of Shipley Country Park.

OS Map Reference

SK 4357 4360
A static map of Mapperley Wood

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Mapperley Reservoir car park, DE7 6BR, Boat Lane

Walking trails

Paths open at all times, but become muddy in winter.


Permit needed for the hide which has disabled access.


On a lead


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for bluebells and woodland birds - winter for water rail

About the reserve

On the southern edge of Shipley Country Park is Mapperley Wood Nature Reserve, a narrow belt of woodland with a stream running through it.

This reserve contains some of the county's most vulnerable habitats, including mature oak woodland, wetland and a small area of acid grassland. Several paths run through the reserve and the Trust has provided a hide for permit holders to watch and appreciate the wildlife of the area.

From here you may see birds such as coot, moorhen, mallard and kingfisher and hear many of the woodland birds. In spring the woodland is a glorious carpet of bluebells.

As summer approaches, it bursts with birdsong - you may hear chiffchaffs willow warblers and blackcaps as well as the more familiar calls of robins and chaffinches. Great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches also make their homes among the trees.

In winter small numbers of waterfowl visit the ponds and water rail can be found in the marshy areas, its presence only given away by its distinctive squealing call.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188