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6C - Green Infrastructure


In March 2011 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust acquired 183 acres of land at Shipley using a £606,000 grant from the 6Cs Strategic Green Infrastructure Growth Fund. The land previously collieries that have more recently been used for agriculture will now form the largest nature reserve in Derbyshire outside the Peak District National Park.

The first step after the purchase was to gauge the views of local people who already use the site for dog walking, horse riding and cycling among other activities. We held two evening meetings at places close to the land and one Sunday afternoon event which included an open hide at Mapperley Wood, a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve that adjoins the new land.



Land for Nature Reserve, Summer 2010

At these events 250 information packs were issued providing details about the land and the consultation. These included feedback forms. 35 responses were received with varying comments.

Now we are getting to know the wildlife of the site and are encouraging users to report their wildlife sightings to us via our website. We are also putting together a volunteer team to help with habitat creation and management. 

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Lead organisation : Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact : Richard Spowage
East Mill, Bridge Foot
Belper, Derbys
DE56 1XH
Tel 01733 881188

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