Big for Black Rocks

Black Rocks

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating a grant of £14,399 awarded by Tarmac, under the Landfill Communities Fund to improve the visitor experience at Black Rocks.

Black rocks, an outcrop of gritstone overlooking Cromford, was formed some 300 million years ago. It can be seen for miles and is much loved by those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, cycling, rock climbers, ramblers and wildlife watchers. The woodland and meadows around the outcrop are bursting with wildlife both common and rare. The lead tolerant spring sandwort and alpine pennycress are common here, but if its birds that excite you wood warbler, cross bill and redpoll have all been sighted at Black rocks. There is even rumour of nightjar being present due to the extensive woodland management that has taken place recently. A small patch of heather moorland can be found at the top of the site where you can get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside on a clear day.

 

Black Rocks

Black Rocks

We  took over the café at the bottom of the trail in spring 2018 as it is a great place to connect with like-minded people who love the great outdoors. But, it’s not always clear that there is a café available to people who use the trail and we want to signpost to other, equally special wildlife sites within the area that people may wish to visit and enjoy.

In addition to adding fingerposts we will be adding more seating outside the café so more people can relax and enjoy the spectacular location but they will also add a giant spider carved by local chainsaw artist Andy Frost for children to scramble over and enjoy.

Carsington sculpture trail

Andy Frost's work for us at Carsington sculpture trail

Dave Savage, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Eco Services Manager said, “Black Rocks is such a wonderful site, enjoyed and loved by many – we wanted to add a few special touches to enable people to learn more about the wider landscape that surrounds the outcrop but also encourage people to slow down and take some respite and enjoy a brew, or two, with the Trust at our new café.”

John Bradshaw, Estates Manager for Tarmac said: “It is fantastic that we have the availability of this funding programme to support projects such as this. It is another example of how the geodiversity of this area of Derbyshire can lead to the benefit of the local community as well as visitors from further afield."