Rowsley Sidings

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Rowsley Sidings: This small mosaic of wet grassland, fen meadow and wet alder woodland has developed naturally on the old Rowsley sidings where springs have created wet and boggy conditions. The wetter areas are in the centre and support many species of flowering plants, including meadowsweet, water forget-me-not, lesser spearwort and marsh thistle, a favourite with hoverflies, which breed in the marsh, along with fifty species of cranefly. The reserve is rich in invertebrates, with marshland butterflies taking to the wing in spring, and the speckled wood butterfly is seen regularly here, in light woodland. In spring there is great variety of wetland sedges and mosses to see and in summer when the marsh orchids and hybrids flower on the drier grassland areas to the south of the reserve, it is a real treat.

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Travelling south from Rowsley on the A6, take the first right into Harrison Way, next to the gas installation. Park at the end and take the path heading north.

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

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