Risley Glebe, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Risley Glebe, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Kingfisher, Malcolm Brown

Kingfisher, Malcolm Brown

Meadow brown, Matt Cole

Meadow brown, Matt Cole 

A small reserve with several important habitats and shelter for over 150 plant species

Location

Risley, 10 miles east of Derby
Derby
Derbyshire
DE72 3SR

OS Map Reference

SK 4611 3586
A static map of Risley Glebe

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in the village and take the footpath from the B5010 up between the church and Risley Primary School

Access

Park in the village and take the footpath from the B5010 up between the church and Risley Primary School

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

July for In July the distinctive blue flowers of devil's bit scabious and summer butterflies

About the reserve

In just half a hectare, Risley Glebe Nature Reserve features several important habitats and provides shelter for more than 150 plant species, including some that are locally scarce.

The reserve provides a refuge for grassland plants and the insects that feed on them. In July, for instance, you will see the distinctive blue flowers of devil's bit scabious among the grasses, while flitting between them are meadow brown and red admiral butterflies.

A brook flows through the reserve, forming an area of marsh. Pondskaters, freshwater shrimps and frogs all make use of the brook and on warm summer days the wetland areas are a good place to see dragonflies and damselflies.

Kingfishers have been seen along this stretch of the brook, while other birds nest in the woodland areas. Willow warblers and blackbirds may be heard singing, and woodpeckers beat out rhythms on dead trees.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188