Aldercar Flash

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Aldercar Flash: New ponds have been excavated and new reedbeds of common reed are being created. Whilst there are resident species such as water rail, reed bunting and lapwing, bird numbers fluctuate with the seasons and spring and autumn passage brings a wide variety of birds to the reserve. Rarities in recent years include red-footed falcon and spoonbill and almost anything can turn up. Winter brings wildfowl including shoveler and teal and lapwing numbers build on the meadows. Summer brings many visitors to breed in the area and grasshopper warblers are regular and whilst they are rather secretive their reeling song can often be heard well into the night. Much of the area is inaccessible but a footpath allows good views over the reserve and all the habitat types. The ponds and wet flashes are good places for damselflies and dragonflies and kingfishers and water voles can sometimes been seen along the river. The meadows attract various butterfly species including common blue and meadow brown.

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The only access is from Stoney Lane and this can be reached from either Aldercar or Brinsley. From Aldercar take Cromford Road into Plumptree, which appears to dead end under the bypass flyover but actually deteriorates into a short unmetalled part of Stoney Lane. From Brinsley, turn off Church Lane into Hall Lane and then left into Stoney Lane.


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