Willington Wetlands is a former sand and gravel quarry. Despite its industrial past it is now a haven for wildlife, teeming with bird life all year round, from bittern in winter to sand martens and common terns in summer. Dragonflies and damselflies are plentiful here too and otter are regular visitors.
The reserve is particularly important for its wetland habitats, from open water to reed bed. The shingle and grass islands provide a refuge for wildlife and are ideal for breeding waders. And, the site is soon to be home to Derbyshire’s first beavers in 800 years.