in spring and as summer approaches it bursts with birdsong.
Know before you go
Parking informationMapperley Reservoir car park, DE7 6BR, Boat Lane
Paths open at all times, but become muddy in winter.
Permit needed for the hide which has disabled access.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring 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.