Oakerthorpe, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Oakerthorpe, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Toad, Neil Shaw, via Flickr

Toad, Neil Shaw, via Flickr

Frogs, toads and grass snakes are among the many species to be found on this small nature reserve. There is a short circular walk around the reserve, with a pond dipping platform provided for school groups.

Location

West of Alfreton, close to the A38
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 7LP

OS Map Reference

SK 390 553
A static map of Oakerthorpe Local Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park near Anchor Inn, DE55 7LP

Walking trails

There is a short circular walk around the reserve, with a pond dipping platform provided for school groups.

Access

Please note that there is partial disabled access to this reserve. Wheelchairs can be taken all the way along the old tramway that runs the length of the reserve and to the dipping platform and pool. There is no wheelchair access around the back of the pool and back to the old tramway.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and summer for frogs, toads, newts and if you are lucky, a grass snake!

About the reserve

A small patch of land supporting various species and habitats. Tucked away in a narrow valley close to Alfreton lies Oakerthorpe nature reserve.

Its size and location make it easy to miss, yet this patch of land supports a variety of species and habitats. Such is its importance that it has been designated a Local Nature Reserve, meaning that it is given special protection by the local authority.

There is a short circular walk around the reserve, with a pond dipping platform provided for school groups.   The pond platform is an ideal location to spot frogs, toads and common newts - and you may be lucky enough to come across a grass snake. These reptiles are now rare in Derbyshire, and Oakerthorpe is one place where they are still seen regularly. The pond serves as an open-air snack bar for them, providing their staple food, frogs.

Among the other visitors to the pond are numerous damselflies and the occasional dragonfly, which can be seen flying across the surface or perched on surrounding vegetation. The water vole, which has also suffered a sharp decline in numbers over recent years, may be seen on the reserve, while flowers such as common spotted orchid and ragged robin thrive in the marshy margins.  

Willow, alder and birch grow in the woodland areas and provide shelter for many flowers, including wood avens, bluebell and yellow archangel. In autumn, look for toadstools such as the red and white fly agaric, which brings a splash of colour to the woodland floor.  

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188