Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve, free entry
This wetland reserve consists of newly created reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother. The new habitat was created in 2005 and a good variety of wildlife has been attracted to add to the species that were already well established. Further restoration work on the northern part of the site should lead to the creation of a further 40ha of nature reserve in 2012.
Access around and through the reserve is largely on wheelchair friendly surfaced paths which lead to a number of viewing screens. 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. Even the rare little egret has been recorded 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.
The Avenue Visitor Centre on Mill Lane is only open by prior arrangement.
Open all the time
The Avenue Visitor Centre is only open by prior arrangement.
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Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (A61 signposted Derby). Go straight on at 3 sets of traffic lights, then continue on A61 to Hunloke Arms pub on left. Continue on same road for approx ¼ mile taking left turn into Mill Lane. Follow road for approx 700 metres and entrance to Reserve is on right.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield . At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. Select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select right hand lane and take 3rd exit (A61 signposted Derby), then follow route from North/South.
: 2 miles from Chesterfield station
- Coach parties accepted
- Education/study area
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Guided tours for groups