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Broadhurst Edge Wood

An oak and birch woodland providing welcome refuge to a variety of wildlife

This exposed reserve in the north of the county lies at just over 900 ft, its oak and birch woodland providing welcome refuge to a variety of wildlife. Birds in particular take advantage of the trees here as there are so few other areas of woodland in the vicinity. In just 14 acres, an impressive 64 bird species have been recorded, and we know that 41 of these have bred on the reserve. They include kestrel, tawny owl, whinchat and redpoll. Birds such as woodcock overwinter in the undergrowth, while the bilberry glades also provide sheltered habitat for invertebrates. Near the entrance, a small pond has been colonised by frogs and palmate newts as well as many invertebrates. It provides a valuable food source for many birds and mammals - brown hare, pygmy shrew, hedgehog and bank vole have all been seen here.


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 Permit reserve which has a number of old mines fenced off

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Reserve information

Pole Lane, New Mills
New Mills
Map reference
SJ 999 875
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Opening Times
Open at all times. Permit required
6.00 hectares
Walking information
Beware of shafts from old coal mining activities, which occur throughout the wood.
Visitors should park along Castle edge rd near the cross roads with Pole lane and Primrose Lane, and then continue on foot along Pole Lane to the reserve entrance approx. 150m from the cross roads. Entrance is through a locked reserve gate, just before the underground reservoir and grassy clearing. Visitors require the reserves gate permit code to get in. Pole Lane is a rough track unsuitable for most vehicles
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188