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Local Groups

We have eight local groups around the county which organise walks, talks and fundraising events.

For up to date details about forthcoming local group events click here.

Appletree Hundred Group

The Appletree Hundred Group serves an area that loosely covers Allestree, Duffield and their surroundings. Indoor meetings are held on the third Friday of the month from September to May and alternate between St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Church in Duffield and The Woodlands Evangelical Church in Allestree.

We aim to provide a wide range of natural history topics using speakers, film shows and other events to inform and entertain. From time to time larger promotional events are organised feature celebrity speakers. A few times during the year, coach excursions are arranged to visit areas of particular wildlife interest outside Derbyshire.

All Trust members and visitors are welcome to attend our events – we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly atmosphere.

To find out more about the Appletree Hundred Group, contact Anne Morgan on 01332 556397 or email

Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Group

The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Group runs a full programme of indoor talks on the second Tuesday of each month throughout autumn and winter on a range of wildlife topics at our Chesterfield town centre venue.

The group also gets involved with a variety of outdoor summer activities, including guided walks and other special events in the area, as well as supporting The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve throughout the year.

We offer a friendly atmosphere to members and non-members alike at all our events.

Contact details: Irene Wilkinson 01246 234924 or Angela Goodwin 01246 236930.

Amber Valley Group

The Amber Valley Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to April at Riddings Community Centre.

We have a friendly committee and welcome all to join us for an evening of entertainment from a good range of speakers, plus hot drinks and home-made cakes.

All will be made welcome, and its only £2 entry!

We also organise summer trips, either by bus, or visiting a nature reserve on foot. The photo is last year's trip to Attenborough. This year we visit Potteric Carr. Please do join us…

For more information contact Shirley Hawkins on 07770 801539.

High Peak Group

The High Peak Group meets at Bradbury Community House in Glossop. Meetings are held from October to April inclusive, usually on the second Tuesday of the month. The group assists with the management of three nature reserves.

To find out more contact Mick Hoult 01457 865806.

South Derbyshire Group

The South Derbyshire Group is located at the southernmost tip of Derbyshire, bordered by Leicestershire and Staffordshire and in the heart of the rapidly developing National Forest.

Our indoor talks are held monthly from September to May at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West St, Swadlincote, DE11 9DG from 7pm to 9pm.
Admission at present is £3.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a varied programme of interesting talks and other events.

For more information contact Kevin Banton on 01283 216430.

Trent and Lower Derwent Group

Our indoor meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from September to April. We meet from 7.30pm to about 9.30pm at Spondon Village Hall off Sitwell Street, Spondon DE21 7FG. OS Grid SK401360.

Admission is £2, plus 50p for tea/coffee. This covers the cost of the speaker and the hall hire, and surpluses go to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Talks cover a variety of wildlife subjects and travels, and everyone is welcome. Admission is free for accompanied children under 16.

Summer activities vary, and may include walks, visits to Wildlife Trust and other Reserves, open gardens, and social events.

Chairman: Brian Hobby 01159 306457 
Programme Secretary: Margaret Hobby 01159 306457 

West Derby Group

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month from September through to April. The venue is St Peter’s Church Hall, Littleover, opposite the church on Shepherd Street. To find the hall, look for the Derbyshire Building Society on Burton Road and turn down the road immediately beside it. This is Shepherd Street. The hall is a short distance down the road on the left, where the road widens out and immediately past the White Swan pub.

Admission is £2, and everybody is welcome. Refreshments in the interval are 30p and there is usually a raffle.

For more information contact the following members of the committee
Chair: David Gibbons, tel. 01332 510228
Secretary: Mary Bayntun, tel. 01332 519432
Programme Organisers: Pat and Gerry Gatenby, tel. 01332 511381

Wye and Upper Derwent Group


Meetings of the Wye and Upper Derwent Group are held on the fourth Monday of the month at Darley Dale Methodist Church Hall or the Medway Centre, Bakewell. During the summer months the group holds walks at Trust reserves and other places of interest.

Contact Anthea Rawlence on 01629 650480.