Avenue Washlands

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Avenue Washlands: After The Avenue Coking Works were decommissioned in the valley of the River Rother in 2005 a new habitat was created. To add to the species that were already well established new reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland were created and a good variety of wildlife has been attracted. Further restoration work on the northern part of the site will lead to the creation of a further 40ha of nature reserve in 2012. The reserve is important for its water voles and great crested newts and for birds such as skylark and yellowhammer and the wetland birds including lapwing, tufted duck and little grebe which breed on the reserve. Wintering water birds include wigeon, teal and snipe and there is good display of butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates in the summer. Access through the reserve is largely on wheelchair friendly surfaced paths which lead to a number of viewing screens.

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The Avenue Washlands


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From Chesterfield follow the A61 south to Wingerworth past the Hunloke Arms. After a further 0.5 km Mill Lane is the next road on the left. The reserve entrance is 700m down Mill Lane on the right. This gives direct access to the western section of the reserve. The section on the eastern side of the railway is accessible by continuing down Mill Lane on foot and crossing under the main railway line or by footpath from Grassmoor. There are regular public transport services stopping on the A61 at Mill Lane; in Tupton on Queen Victoria Road; and in Grassmoor on North Wingfield Road. The Avenue Visitor Centre on Mill Lane is only open by prior arrangement, otherwise park on Mill Lane just past the houses. The nature reserve is open at all times.


Nearest railway station is Chesterfield.


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Address: The Avenue Washlands, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, East Mill, Bridge Foot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH, UK.
Phone: +44 1773 881188

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