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Wyver Lane

In the coming weeks we are planning to remove the lock to the bird hide on this reserve, so that it can be accessed by all visitors.

The reason for this, is that we want to engage and inspire more people to care about wildlife. We believe, as David Attenborough so eloquently put it, "No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced". We very much hope people will benefit from this opportunity, and that as a result more people will care about the reserve, its wildlife and therefore help us protect it, and other sites right across Derbyshire.

We recognise there are risks linked to removing the lock from the hide, and we will carefully monitor the impact and revise this decision if necessary.

One of the Trust's most important wetland reserves

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Lying next to the River Derwent, Wyver Lane is one of the Trust's most important wetland reserves. It is within the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and is a lovely place to visit, with the surrounding hills making a great setting for a walk. The reserve has many resident bird species, including Canada geese, tufted duck and little grebe. Throughout the year, many more species visit, from waders such as curlew and common sandpiper passing through in spring, to birds which breed here such as lapwing. Large numbers of gulls visit the reserve during winter - they are mainly black headed gulls, but you may also see common, herring, lesser and greater black backed gulls. They are joined by wildfowl escaping the icy north. In really cold conditions, numbers of duck species such as wigeon can reach more than 100. The reserve is one of the few remaining areas of wet grassland in the mid-Derwent Valley and is the only site with large enough areas of undisturbed grassland for wigeon to overwinter.

Species and habitats

Lapwing, Wigeon, Tufted Duck

Nearby nature reserves

Cromford Canal SSSI
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Lea Wood
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

North of Belper
Map reference
SK 345 493
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8.00 hectares
There is no access onto the reserve but you can watch the wildlife from the lane or from the Trust's hide. A permit is required for the hide. The hide and lane are accessible to wheelchairs. It may be possible to access the new viewing mound with assistance.
Dogs must be on lead
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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188