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Spring Wood

A beautiful woodland with an abundance of springtime bluebells

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This woodland reserve is a beautiful sight in May, when bluebells carpet much of the woodland floor. As well as a mixture of trees including birch, oak, ash and alder, the streams that run through the reserve create a different habitat, where golden opposite-leaved saxifrage grows in spring. The trees provide nesting sites for many birds, including great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper. The older trees occasionally attract hornets, which may be seen hunting along the path. During autumn you will see - or smell - several species of fungus, including stinkhorn, while the dying birch trees have birch bracket fungus. From the hide, there are good views over the southern part of Staunton Harold Reservoir and in winter you will see many species of duck, including wigeon, shoveler, pochard and tufted duck. In muddy areas, look for the tracks of fallow deer.

Species and habitats

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bluebell, Wigeon

Nearby nature reserves

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Reserve information

On the eastern side of Staunton Harold Reservoir
Map reference
SK 379 225
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20.00 hectares
Permit required

Permit required, please contact the Trust. Wheelchairs can access the reserve from the entrance all the way along the boardwalk, but not the rest of the reserve.
Park in the Severn Trent Water car park on your left just before the road passes over the reservoir.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188