Hilton Gravel Pits

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Hilton Gravel Pits combination of lakes and ponds, woodland and sheltered sunny areas make these former gravel pits a haven for wildlife. The reserve is well known for its dragonflies and damselflies with fifteen species recorded here, it also supports species that are fast declining in this country which the Trust is working hard to protect, these include the great crested newt and black poplar. The ponds and lakes attract many species of waterfowl, coot, great crested grebe and tufted duck, while in spring the water is an amphibian nursery. Walk through the woodland in autumn and you will find a wealth of fungi growing near the path, among the many species that flourish here are fly agaric and shaggy inkcap. A network of paths allow you to enjoy a walk around the reserve, with a short circuit which is suitable for wheelchair users.

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Leave the A50 at the A516 (Derby) exit. From the west take the first exit at the junction into Willowpit Lane and take the first left to park. From the east take the third exit at the junction into Willowpit Lane.


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Address: Hilton Gravel Pits, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, East Mill, Bridge Foot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH, UK.
Phone: +44 1773 881188

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