Going wild at new reserve

sp94028  Woodside nature reserve  unveiling the sign l to r Ed Green,Andrew Lewer
sp94028 Woodside nature reserve unveiling the sign l to r Ed Green,Andrew Lewer

TAKE a few minutes out to enjoy nature on your doorstep is the message from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, following the opening of its nature reserve in Shipley.

Woodside Nature Reserve – named after a former colliery – was opened by Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer on Friday.

sp94029  Woodside nature reserve  l to r David Fletcher,Jordan Thomson

sp94029 Woodside nature reserve l to r David Fletcher,Jordan Thomson

The 182-acre site, which once formed part of the American Adventure theme park, is now the county’s biggest nature reserve outside of the Peak District – and is a haven for creatures great and small.

Trust reserves manager Richard Spowage encouraged the site’s neighbours to be on the lookout for the wildlife already making a home there.

“It’s an exciting site because it is so near to a lot of people,” he explained.

“We hope we can encourage people to come and enjoy the wildlife on their doorstep, rather than just using it to walk or ride their bike.”

The Trust hopes the site will be a hub for wildlife across the Erewash Valley as it links existing open sites like Shipley Country Park together.

It is already home to butterflies and other insects as well as skylarks and hares.

n To enquire about volunteering at the reserve, call 01773 881188.