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Ladybower Wood

One of few remaining examples of upland oakwood in the Peak District

Ladybower Wood is one of few remaining examples of upland oakwood in the Peak District. Woodland such as this was once a familiar sight, covering most of the gritstone edges and moorlands of North Derbyshire. As well as oaks, there are a few rowans and silver birches. On the woodland floor and on the gritstone boulders, there are many kinds of moss, lichen and liverwort, which enjoy the damp climate. There are 75 species of lichen, making it one of the best areas in the Peak District to find them. The deciduous woodland provides little shelter for birds in the winter, but by late spring it is bursting with the songs of birds, including pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers and tree pipits. The elusive purple hairstreak butterfly may be seen around the upper branches of the oak trees in mid-summer. At the woodland edge, the trees give way to bracken and heather moorland, where you can spot red grouse and occasionally mountain hare.


Play Wild Rating:

 Some areas are very steep with hidden fissure so can be dangerous but slong the bridleway and over the moor and small wooded area off the bridleway are fine outside ground nesting season.

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Species and habitats

Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Red Grouse

Nearby nature reserves

Hammond's Field Nature Reserve
4 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hadfields Quarry
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Wyming Brook
4 miles - Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Off the A57 between Sheffield and Glossop.
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16.00 hectares
Walking information
Walk over the reservoir bridge and up to the Ladybower Inn - from here a public bridleway takes you diagonally upwards to the wall which forms the reserve boundary. Because of the difficult terrain, visitors are advised to stay on the bridleway, which offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy this interesting reserve
Park at Severn Trent Water's public car park at Heatherdene
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188