Morley Brickyards, Louise Baker

Morley Brickyards, Louise Baker

Great crested newt, The Wildlife Trusts

Great crested newt, The Wildlife Trusts 

Ragged robin, Kieron Huston

Ragged robin, Kieron Huston 

Flooded former clay pits providing refuge for amphibians and water violet.


South of Brick Kiln Lane, which runs west from the A608 Derby to Heanor road at Morley Smithy.

OS Map Reference

SK 3891 4180
A static map of Morley Brickyards

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park alongside Brick Kiln Lane


Please keep to the path through the reserve, but be aware that it is uneven in places and can be flooded in winter.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for amphibians - great crested newts, smooth newts, toads and frogs

About the reserve

These former clay pits, which once produced material for bricks, now form a series of shallow pools that provide refuge for a range of wildlife.

You enter the reserve through woodland, which consists mainly of oak and birch, where both broad buckler fern and narrow buckler fern can be found.

When you reach the ponds you will find reed mace, water plantain and water violet. This plant is now rare in Derbyshire and Morley has one of the best colonies in the county.

Away from the water's edge, there are a range of wetland habitats including willow carr and rush. Here you will also come across yellow archangel and ragged robin.

In early spring the reserve's ponds and ditches provide an ideal breeding ground for amphibians - great crested newts, smooth newts, toads and frogs.

With carp and tench in the water, fish-eating birds are occasional visitors - you may spot a kingfisher or a heron patiently waiting for a meal.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)