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Hillbridge and Park Wood

One of the largest oakwoods in the area with an abundance of bird species

Despite its modest size, the upland oakwood on this reserve is one of the largest in the area and several species of woodland birds make their homes here - among them are wood warbler and pied flycatcher, which arrive in summer to breed in the woods. In spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells. Once a common sight, this purple haze is now sadly becoming much less familiar around Britain. The eastern boundary of the reserve is formed by the River Goyt. Here, you may see the turquoise flash of a kingfisher darting past, or the distinctive brown and white 'bobbing' of a dipper on a rock in the river. Beside the river, the oak trees give way to alders which bend their branches gracefully over the water.The reserve is also an important site for lichens and bryophytes (mosses), with several rare species occurring on the older trees.


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 Wildlife may be sensitive at certain times of year.

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Nearby nature reserves

Watford Lodge
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Broadhurst Edge Wood
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Trentabank Reservoir
6 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1 mile south of the centre of Whaley Bridge on the west bank of the River Goyt, near Taxal
Whaley Bridge
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10.10 hectares
Walking information
Please note that there is no access into Park Wood.
There is a limited amount of parking by Taxal Church. Alternatively, park in the layby on Long Hill and follow the footpath across the stream to the church.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188