Know before you go
Parking informationParking for two vehicles in the layby on Wyver Lane
There is no access onto the reserve but you can watch the wildlife from the lane or from the Trust's hide. The hide and lane are accessible to wheelchairs. It may be possible to access the new viewing mound with assistance.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitWinter for overwinter visitors
About the reserve
Lying next to the River Derwent, Wyver Lane is one of the Trust's most important wetland reserves. It is within the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and is a lovely place to visit, with the surrounding hills making a great setting for a walk.
The reserve has many resident bird species, including Canada geese, tufted duck and little grebe. Throughout the year, many more species visit, from waders such as curlew and common sandpiper passing through in spring, to birds which breed here such as lapwing.
Large numbers of gulls visit the reserve during winter - they are mainly black headed gulls, but you may also see common, herring, lesser and greater black backed gulls. They are joined by wildfowl escaping the icy north.
In really cold conditions, numbers of duck species such as wigeon can reach more than 100. The reserve is one of the few remaining areas of wet grassland in the mid-Derwent Valley and is the only site with large enough areas of undisturbed grassland for wigeon to overwinter.
Take a look at the latest sightings
The latest news from Drakelow
Thomas Cockburn talks us through the reserve after Storm Dennis this weekend.
Spottings at Drakelow
Thomas Cockburn tells us about the latest sightings this week.
Down at Drakelow Nature Reserve
Thomas Cockburn fills us in with his latest sightings.
Down at The Avenue Washlands
Brian Cuttell tells us the latest.
The latest from Witches Oak Water
Colin Baxter talks us through the latest sightings at Witches Oak Water.
An Afternoon at The Avenue Washlands
Brian Cuttell talks us through his latest sightings.