Witches Oak Water, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Witches Oak Water, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Bittern, Elliott Neep

Bittern, Elliott Neep

Common blue, Amy Lewis

Common blue, Amy Lewis 

A large wetland reserve with 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats. It's a haven for dragonflies, wintering duck and otter!


Shardlow Quarry, Aston Lane
Aston on Trent
DE72 2SP

OS Map Reference

SK 4397 2957
A static map of Witches Oak Water

Know before you go

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on Aston Lane


Group visits only - contact Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.

Access from the westbound carriageway of the A50 using Shardlow Quarry access road after junction 1. 

Access by arrangement only. 


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September for wetland birds and darting dragonflies.

About the reserve

This large new wetland site was created primarily as a water storage and water pumping facility in times of severe drought for Severn Trent Water.

However as part of the design a strong wetland habitat creation theme was linked to it. The site now contains a range of habitats including 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats.  

Although still in its early stages the site is an important staging post for wildfowl and waders using the Trent Valley and offers winter refuge for occasional bitterns and smew as well as summer breeding habitat for reed and sedge warblers.

It is also important for butterflies and dragonflies that now occur in many of the grassland areas and shallow margins. Good numbers of common blue butterfly particularly favour one restored bank whist the longer grasslands can be full of common blue damselflies.  

Unfortunately access is severely limited due to its proximity to the operational quarry and its primary function as a water storage facility. Currently access is restricted to a number of group visits each year which can be organised on request from the Trust as special access arrangements are in place.  

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