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Mapperley Wood

This small woodland has a fine springtime display of bluebells.

On the southern edge of Shipley Country Park is Mapperley Wood Nature Reserve, a narrow belt of woodland with a stream running through it. This reserve contains some of the county's most vulnerable habitats, including mature oak woodland, wetland and a small area of acid grassland. Several paths run through the reserve and the Trust has provided a hide for permit holders to watch and appreciate the wildlife of the area. From here you may see birds such as coot, moorhen, mallard and kingfisher and hear many of the woodland birds. In spring the woodland is a glorious carpet of bluebells. As summer approaches, it bursts with birdsong - you may hear chiffchaffs willow warblers and blackcaps as well as the more familiar calls of robins and chaffinches. Great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches also make their homes among the trees. In winter small numbers of waterfowl visit the ponds and water rail can be found in the marshy areas, its presence only given away by its distinctive squealing call.

Species and habitats

Wetland, Woodland
Bluebell, Water Rail, Chaffinch

Nearby nature reserves

Woodside Farm
1 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Erewash Meadows
3 miles - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Aldercar Flash
3 miles - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

East of Mapperley Reservoir, on the southern edge of Shipley Country Park.
Map reference
SK 439 433
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Open at all times
8.00 hectares
Permit needed for the hide which has disabled access.
Walking information
Paths open at all times, but become muddy in winter.
Park in the car park on the left, at the northern end of the dam.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188