Drakelow

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Drakelow Nature Reserve

Drakelow Nature Reserve

Drakelow Nature Reserve is a series of flooded gravel pits and riverside meadow in the floodplain of the River Trent. It lies on a natural meander on the south side of the river just upstream of Burton on Trent. Its location has made it an extremely important flyway for birds for many years and it now forms a significant link in a chain of wetland reserves along the Trent Valley. The variety of habitat attracts a wide range of species including large numbers of wildfowl in the winter months, breeding and roosting cormorants and a range of smaller species including reed warbler in summer and water rail in winter. During summer the site is also rich in butterflies and dragonflies with all the commoner species being recorded here prey for visiting hobby pictured.

Access via the A38 Derby - Lichfield road south of Burton on the Walton-on-Trent road. Entry is by permit only.Walton Road (Walton on Trent to Drakelow Road) Burton upon Trent Derbyshire.Permit required, please contact the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Rarities include spotted crake, great white egret
The Access is at Gate C, there is a mixed surface drive of around 1 mile to the carpark.Hides

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