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The Avenue Washlands

A wetland reserve consisting of reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother


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This wetland reserve consists of reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother on part of the site of the decommissioned Avenue Coking Works. The habitat was created in 2005 and a good variety of wildlife has been attracted to add to the species that were already well established. The reserve is important for its water voles and great crested newts. In addition, farmland birds such as skylark and yellowhammer are well established here, while wetland birds including lapwing, tufted duck and little grebe breed on the reserve. Wintering water birds include wigeon, teal and snipe, and bittern has been seen on the reserve. As the reedbed and marsh develop it is hoped that reed warbler and sedge warbler will become regular summer visitors. The scrub and tall herb areas of the site attract passerine birds such as grasshopper warbler, linnet and whitethroat. A good range of butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates create much additional interest.


Access is off Mill Lane just south of the Hunloke Arms on the A61.


Play WIld rating:

  Play Wild all year round within all permissible areas.

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Monthly conservation work parties take place on the reserve and volunteers are always welcome. To find out more see our events section.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Wetland
Water Vole, Great Crested Newt, Yellowhammer

Nearby nature reserves

North Wingfield
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Duckmanton Railway Cutting
3 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Carr Vale Flash
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

near Chesterfield
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Opening Times
Reserve open at all times. Visitor centre only open for groups by prior arrangement.
Visitor centre
Access to the site is via squeeze stiles which are just wide enough for mobility scooters. About 80% of the reserve, including the two viewing screens, is accessible to wheelchairs.
The Avenue Visitor Centre on Mill Lane is only open for groups by prior arrangement, otherwise park on Mill Lane by the houses. There is no parking available at the Tupton end.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188


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