Carr Vale Flash Nature Reserve

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Carr Vale Flash

Carr Vale Flash

Carr Vale lies five miles east of Chesterield and is regarded as one of the best wetlands in the East Midlands. Carr Vale Flash is a mixture of open water, marsh, wet and dry grassland, scrub and trees and attracts a rich variety of birds throughout the year. In winter large numbers of wildlfowl feed in the wetlands and surrounding grasslands. Large flocks of wigeon graze the banks while teal can be seen preening and feeding on the water's edge. As well as wildfowl, the reserve attracts wintering flocks of finches and buntings, which feed along the field boundaries. A more secretive winter visitor is the water rail, which skulks above the marsh areas. More often heard than seen, it has a distinctive squealing call. Spring and autumn are important times on the reserve, as many birds are on migration and Carr Vale is an ideal place for them to feed and roost. In September, swallows gather in the marsh, in a roost of between 1-2,000 birds. August and September are good months for migrant Marsh Harriers and Ospreys, and Hobbies often put on a good display as they feed over the pools on dragonflies. In early summer the marsh and scrub are home to a range of breeding birds, including reed and sedge warblers pictured, whitethroat, yellowhammer, moorhen and gadwall. The grassland provides nesting habitat for the nationally declining skylark.


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