Wildlife charity lands £6,000 grants to improve Belper nature reserve

Derbyshire Willdlife Trust has received a funding grant to improve wetland habitat at Wyver Lane Nature Reserve (Photo: Paul Shaw)
Derbyshire Willdlife Trust has received a funding grant to improve wetland habitat at Wyver Lane Nature Reserve (Photo: Paul Shaw)

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the news of two funding grants to support its conservation work at a Belper Nature Reserve.

The environmental charity is celebrating a grant of £3,726.22 awarded by the Co-op Local Communities Fund as well as £2,550 from Hamamelis Trust.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust officers and volunteers will work together to make Wyver Lane more hospitable to species such as the lapwing.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust officers and volunteers will work together to make Wyver Lane more hospitable to species such as the lapwing.

The funding will allow staff to restore the wetland habitat and renew signage and bird-hide information at Wyver Lane Nature Reserve.

Living landscapes officer Alex Morley said: “The new signage and reserve work has long been needed. This will enable us to make sure the habitat is perfect for the wildlife that need it most, and will also allow people to get the best out of the reserve.

“The renewed panels will ensure that they have a much more pleasant experience so they can spend more time enjoying this important nature reserve.”

Situated in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site along the banks of the River Derwent, the reserve is one of the trust’s most important wetland sites.

It offers a home to many species of bird from waders such as curlew and common sandpiper passing through in spring, to birds which breed there such as the lapwing.

Large numbers of gulls visit the reserve during winter, joined by wildfowl migrating to escape the icy north.

In extremely cold conditions, duck species such as wigeon and teal visit.

They both have characteristics whistles, not quacks, best heard at sun rise and sun set, and easily heard from the track running parallel to the reserve.

Some of the habitats at the reserve now need a bit of a helping hand in order to be ideal for lapwing and wigeon, two nationally declining species on the UK BAP Amber list.

Some of the grant will be used for this important improvement work, supplemented by the help of local volunteers. A barn owl box, and bird seed store will also be installed at the reserve.

In addition to the reserve work, the grant will enable the trust to commission a new orientation panel and several new species information panels, signposting the way for visitors and giving them a flavour of the beautiful wildlife and special habitats they will see.

Anyone interested in helping the project should contact Alex on 01773 881188.

For more information about the reserve, visit www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/wyver-lane.