Ladybower Wood

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Ladybower Wood is one of the few remaining examples of upland oakwood in the Peak District. Once a familiar sight, covering most of the gritstone edges and moorlands of North Derbyshire they are now limited to SSSIs like Ladybower. As well as oaks, there are a few rowans and silver birches and on the woodland floor and on the gritstone boulders, there are many kinds of moss, lichen and liverwort, which enjoy the damp climate. There are 75 species of lichen, making it one of the best areas in the Peak District to find them. By late spring it is bursting with the songs of birds, including pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warbler and tree pipits. The elusive purple hairstreak butterfly may be seen around the upper branches of the oak trees in mid-summer. At the woodland edge, the trees give way to bracken and heather moorland, where you can spot red grouse and occasionally mountain hare. Due to the difficult terrain, visitors are advised to stay on the bridleway, which offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy this interesting reserve.

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Off the A57 between Sheffield and Glossop. Park at Severn Trent Water's public car park at Heatherdene. Walk over the reservoir bridge and up to the Ladybower Inn - from here a public bridleway takes you diagonally upwards to the wall which forms the reserve boundary.


Nearest railway station is Bamford.


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

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