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Rowsley Sidings

A small mosaic of wet grassland, fen meadow and wet alder woodland

Once a railway siding, this small mosaic of wet grassland and wet alder woodland has developed naturally on the old sidings where springs have created wet and boggy conditions. Access is limited due to the very wet conditions but the site can be viewed from the footpath that runs along the embankment. Depending on water levels visitors are able to view the northern end of the reserve where small grassland glades remain attracting various butterfly species - please keep outside the fence. The wetter open areas contain flowering plants, including meadowsweet, water forget-me-not, lesser spearwort and marsh thistle - this is a favourite with hoverflies, which breed in the marsh. The reserve is rich in invertebrates, including many beetles, moths and around 50 species of cranefly, and in the wet areas you may see Tipula maxima, the largest species found in Britain.



Species and habitats

Grassland, Meadow, Woodland
Meadowsweet, Speckled Wood

Nearby nature reserves

Hopton Quarry
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Rose End Meadows
6 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Hoe Grange Quarry
6 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

South of Rowsley,
off the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell
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1.00 hectares
Up to three quarters of the reserve is frequently under flood water, which has caused several trees to fall over. The best and safest way to visit the reserve is to view it from the new multi-user trail that runs parallel to the reserve at its edge rather than walking into the reserve itself.
Park on Harrison Way then take the footpath to the right hand side of the recycling centre; the reserve is on the right.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188