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Woodside Farm

Sadly we have had several dog attacks on our livestock at Woodside - please ensure you keep your dog on a lead when livestock is present to prevent this from happening. Thank you 

Our farming enterprise with a mixture of habitats including grassland, wetland and woodland.

View sightings for Woodside Farm


This land was purchased by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust early in 2011 and is the largest protected area in the county outside the Peak District National Park. It is on the site of the former Woodside Colliery, one of the four that operated in this area until the 1960s. It contains a variety of habitats, including woodland, hay meadows and grasslands and a network of small wetlands. The grasslands are important for invertebrates, including several butterfly species such as common blue, gatekeeper, comma and meadow brown. Several species of ladybirds, grasshoppers and shieldbugs are also found here, as well as dragonflies and damselflies including the magnificent emperor dragonfly. Among the mammals that have been recorded on the site are brown hares and water voles. We are still discovering the wildlife of this extensive area of land and are starting to manage the habitats to encourage more birds, invertebrates and other wildlife. Parking at either Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre or Mapperley Reservoir gives access to a network of paths including the Nutbrook Trail, a 10-mile traffic-free path for use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Off the Nutbrook Trail is our impressive new viewing tower, giving commanding views over the farm and surrounding countryside. Follow the Trail to Lodge Cottage and then look for the concession path near our new mole sculpture!

We are managing the extensive areas of grassland through a farming enterprise, which involves the sale of beef and lamb reared on the farm. Our aim is to produce good quality meat products on a farm which demonstrates good conservation practices. Find out more about Woodside Farm.


The farm now features a new education barn and garden, which is open to everyone. There are willow domes, ponds, a meadow for sweeping and a woodland as well as a covered picnic area.


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Species and habitats

Emperor dragonfly, Common Blue, Brown Hare

Nearby nature reserves

Mapperley Wood
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

Map reference
SK 448 436
Great for...
a family day out
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Opening Times
Open at all times
74.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Erewash Valley

Path condition varies across the site. Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs, however distance from suitable parking and ground conditions can affect access.
Walking information
There are a variety of walking options around the farm and the adjoining country park.
Park at Derbyshire County Council's Mapperley Reservoir car park (grid ref SK435436) or Shipley Country Park car park (grid ref SK431454). Both are pay and display.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle and sheep.
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188