Ancient woodland in the Lower Derwent Valley

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At the end of June 2012 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was gifted Lea Wood by the Lea Wood Trust. The wood is one of the best examples of ancient woodland in the area. Wild daffodils and bluebells flower here, while heather and bilberry grow on the upper slopes. Among its varied birds are several that are declining in numbers, including pied flycatcher which regularly breed in the wood, lesser spotted woodpeckers and spotted flycatchers. The open upper slopes are a good place to look for the spectacular mounds of the northern wood ant, while at least 25 priority moth species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan have been recorded, including September thorn and small phoenix.

Species and habitats

Pied Flycatcher, Lesser spotted woodpecker

Nearby nature reserves

0 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Rose End Meadows
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Gang Mine
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Lea Wood
Map reference
SK 318558
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30.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Derwent Valley and Derby

Please note that some paths are steep and slippery.
Dogs allowed
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Tel: 01773 881188