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Barton Pool

A safe haven for many unusual plants

Next to the busy commuter line between Long Eaton and Nottingham, this small wetland reserve is overlooked by hundreds of commuters every day. Yet the railway embankment itself is included within the reserve's boundaries, and this small area provides a safe haven for many unusual plants. The areas of fen support a range of plant species; among them are greater pond sedge, greater yellowcress, reedmace and soft rush. In mid-summer gipsywort can be found, alongside fine-leaved water dropwort, another rare species for the county. The wetland is very important for invertebrates including hoverflies, while the boundary holds many mature trees including old pollard willows, which provide refuge for a range of birds

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Attenborough Nature Reserve
1 miles - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Lock Lane Ash Tip
1 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Chilwell Meadow
2 miles - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the outskirts of Long Eaton
Long Eaton
Map reference
SK 504 331
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0.92 hectares
It is a fair distance from the parking area and so may not be suitable for those with limited walking ability. However, the path that circumnavigates the reserve is reasonably flat and even.
Walking information
An informal footpath follows the reserve's southern boundary.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188