Our Local Groups

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Blue tit, Sharon Dale via Flickr

6 Local Groups
40 Years established
50 + talks a year
1,000 + volunteer hours

Local Groups

Local Groups are run by some of our most dedicated volunteers and offer a wide range of activities such as talks, field trips, work parties and fundraising events.

Would you like to meet new people while giving back to the wildlife on your doorstep? Find your Local Group in the list below.

Meet our Local groups......

High Peak Local Group

Long Clough by Sam Willis

Long Clough by Sam Willis

When was your group founded?

The group was founded in 1991, with the first talks taking place in the autumn of that year.

How did the group come about?

Following a public meeting organised by Helen Perkins to gauge interest, a committee was established to plan a series of talks, walks and conservation work. The group also took over the management of four local reserves, undertook surveys of local wildlife, and published a newsletter.

What is your groups greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date?

Maintaining a programme of public talks over 27 years and two surveys: A water vole survey, which was instrumental in the discovery that water voles were living on moorland away from significant bodies of water, and a survey of the mountain hare population of the Peak District.

What is your groups nearest reserve?

Long Clough and Brockholes Wood.

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?

The group now organises a programme of talks from October to April. We try to provide a varied, informative and entertaining programme, with topics of local, national and international interest, featuring a broad range of conservation and natural history subjects. Audience numbers range between 60-100.

The group meet at Bradbury Community House, Market Streer, Glossop, 

For event details contact Mick Hoult

Contact number: 01457 865806

Contact email: dwthpg@me.com

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Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Local Group

Chesterfield North East Derbyshire Local Group

Chesterfield North East Derbyshire Local Group

When was your group founded?

The Group was established in 2009 (or rather, it was re-established, because a Chesterfield Local Group had existed previously but ceased to function around 1997).

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?

In the first year (2009 / 2010) we organised 5 talks over the autumn / winter season, then subsequently increased this to 8 talks a year – the same as the other Local Groups. Last year (2017 / 2018) an average of 41 people attended to enjoy informative and entertaining talks in a convivial atmosphere. We also try to run two guided walks in the spring, one usually on a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and one on another site (often a follow-up to one of the winter talks).

What is your groups nearest reserve?

There are three Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves within the Chesterfield / North East Derbyshire area, but the Local Group has established close links with The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve at Wingerworth, just south of Chesterfield. Several group committee members live close to the reserve, and participate in the monthly conservation work parties along with other volunteers. The Group has also fundraised for equipment and conservation projects on the reserve. The latest project was the installation of a ‘swift hotel’ to encourage some of the numerous swifts who fly and feed there in the summer, to nest in one of the 24 nest boxes in the ‘hotel’. Every two years we organise an Open Day on the reserve, with a full day of free activities for all ages.

What is your groups greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date?

Our Group is especially proud of the Barn Owl Box (BOB) Project which we funded and initiated several years ago, after being inspired by a barn owl nesting next to The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve. Eighteen boxes have now been constructed and put in place by Local Group members, with two boxes installed at each site. In the first year, the boxes were located in the countryside around Chesterfield but some are now in locations further afield, following promotion of the Project by leaflets and in the Trust newsletter.

The group meet at The Annunciation Church, Parish Centre, Queen Street, Chesterfield, S40 4SF

For event details contact Irene Wilkinson or Angela Goodwin

Contact number: 01246 234924 or 01246 236930

Contact email:enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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Wye and Upper Derwent Local Group

Wye and Upper Derwent Local Group visit to Lathkill Dale

Wye and Upper Derwent Local Group visit to Lathkill Dale

When was your group founded?

Founded nearly 40 years ago so probably the first Group

How did the group come about?

To recruit new members and 'raise awareness' of the Trust, its existence and its work. 

What is your groups greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date?

Keeping an interesting series of talks for Derbyshire Dale members and non- members to attend.  Recent high attendances for Christine Gregory on Voles and the Badger Vacination Project in Edale.

What is your groups nearest reserve?

Take your pick from Rose End Meadows, Gang Mine, Hopton Quarry, Rowsley Sidings!

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?

Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of the month September to April. On average our attendance is 55.  All welcome.  Posters and article in Peak Advertiser advertising event.

The group meet at Darley Dale Methodist Church, Dale Road North, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2FT

For event details contact Anthea Rawlence

Contact number: 01629 650480

Contact email:enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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Amber Valley Local Group

Amber Valley Local Group

Amber Valley Local Group

What is your groups greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date?    

The groups greatest achievement is not a single event. It is keeping local interest in our patch, by providing our carefully thought through programme every month. Our reputation for our home made cakes helps boost both numbers and monies for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and we are able to make regular donations which are then multiplied by shrewd investment.

What is your groups nearest reserve?   

Erewash Meadows, we have had a few visits to this, plus a talk! We're not too far from Oakerthorpe and Wyver Lane.

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?   

We regularly get over 35 people attend our evenings, and sometimes 50. We have expanded into running walks at various intervals throughout the year, and more extensively through the summer, often connected with our talks. And have monitored monthly the wildlife at a local conference centre.

The group meet at Riddings Community Centre, West Street, Riddings, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4EW

For event details contact Shirley Hawkins

Contact number: 07770 801539

Contact email:enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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Trent and Lower Derwent Local Group

Trent and Upper Derwent Local Group

Trent and Upper Derwent Local Group

When was your group founded?

The group was formed in late 1980. After a successful initial meeting to assess public interest, further meetings were held in the Village Hall, Spondon from January to April 1981 which were very well attended (from 80 to 110).

How did the group come about?
The founder was Nick Brown who was the Development Officer with the Derbyshire Naturalists' Trust (the Trust’s old title). Members were involved in regular working parties at Risley Glebe Reserve.

What is your group's greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date? 
Perhaps our greatest achievement has been maintaining public support and interest in wildlife matters by our uninterrupted programme of events from 1981 to date. Recently, our small group provided £1200  to the Trust, and we continue to raise money for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.
One year we organised a Brass Band Concert - a social and financial success.

What is your group's nearest reserve? 
In our area, we have the Derwent Meadows reserve at Raynesway, the first Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reserve in Derby. There are also Risley Glebe, the Golden Brook at Breaston, the Woodside Reserve near Ilkeston.

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?

Indoor Meetings at Spondon Village Hall run Sept - April on first Wednesdays.  Attendances averaged 63 in 2017-18.  Three Summer walks in May, June and July attract about 15-10 members.  Annually we have a special meeting inviting children.  Live animals feature, including a Golden Eagle, several owls, some rescued hedgehogs, and some insects (one of which escaped and had to be rescued).

The group meet at Spondon Village Hall, Sitwell Street, Spondon, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 7FG

Contact number: 01159306457

Contact email:enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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West Derby Local Group

Willington Nature Reserve

Willington Nature Reserve

What is your group's greatest achievement for Derbyshire’s wildlife to date? 

Our biggest achievement is to provide Derbyshire Wildlife Trust members locally with a chance to meet together and socialise thus making them feel part of the Trust. We provide an excellent programme of evening talks from experts in a range of fields connected with wildlife which are both informative and entertaining from September through to April usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. It makes for a good evening out at a low cost and any surplus goes to support Derbyshire Wildlfie Trust's work.

What is your group's nearest reserve? 

Our nearest reserves are Hilton Gravel Pits and Willington Gravel Pits. The latter being particularly good for wintering wildfowl and has a good green lane leading down to it in which numerous small birds such as bullfinches and reedbunting can be seen and in the summer it is a good spot for a range of butterflies and dragon flies and damosels. Hilton in June is noted for its orchids and is particularly accessible for wheel chair users. It is also very good for dragon flies and damosels and pond dipping.

What activities do you run and how many people normally get involved?

At present our activities are confined to the evening talks. In the past we offered a few guided walks.

The group meet at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Shepherd Street, Littleover, Derbyshire, DE236GF

Contact number: 01773881188

Contact email:enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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