Spring Wood in bluebells, Tony Frankland

Spring Wood in bluebells, Tony Frankland 

Bat, Robert Booth

Bat, Robert Booth

Wigeon, Guy Badham

Wigeon, Guy Badham 

A beautiful woodland with an abundance of springtime bluebells and a haven for bats

Location

On the eastern side of Staunton Harold Reservoir
Melbourne
Derbyshire
LE65 1RN

OS Map Reference

SK 3782 2201
A static map of Spring Wood

Know before you go

Size
20 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

park at Severn Trent car Park at the southern end of the reservoir, LE65 1RN

Access

Permit required, please contact the Trust.

Difficult access for wheelchairs.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for bluebells, evening for bats, autumn for fungi

About the reserve

This woodland reserve is a beautiful sight in May, when bluebells carpet much of the woodland floor.

As well as a mixture of trees including birch, oak, ash and alder, the streams that run through the reserve create a different habitat, where golden opposite-leaved saxifrage grows in spring.

The trees provide nesting sites for many birds, including great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper. The older trees occasionally attract hornets, which may be seen hunting along the path.

During autumn you will see - or smell - several species of fungus, including stinkhorn, while the dying birch trees have birch bracket fungus.

From the hide, there are good views over the southern part of Staunton Harold Reservoir and in winter you will see many species of duck, including wigeon, shoveler, pochard and tufted duck. In muddy areas, look for the tracks of fallow deer.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)