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Carvers Rocks

A good place to see birds all year round, with rare habitats including one of the last areas of lowland heath in Derbyshire.

Carvers Rocks lies at the southern end of Foremark Reservoir. Its unusual habitats include marsh, alder woodland and sphagnum moss. During summer the wet marshes are a good place to see and hear reed buntings, while the reservoir fringe has breeding great crested grebes. On the drier slopes woodland takes over and various woodland birds can be seen and heard. In the more open areas you may hear woodcock on early summer evenings. On the tops, soils are much thinner and woodland is replaced by bracken and in places heather - the reserve has one of the last patches of lowland heath in Derbyshire and the Trust has planted further areas with heather to extend the heathland.

Species and habitats

Wetland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

3 miles - Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Spring Wood
3 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Willington Gravel Pits
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the A514 Ticknall to Swadlincote road
Map reference
SK 330 227
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16.00 hectares
Due to the distance from the nearest parking area and the nature of the paths it is only recommended for visitors with no more than slightly limited mobility (accompanied). Only one access is gated (main entrance) the rest being stiles. All paths are uneven and several are steep.
There is limited parking at the road gates.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188