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Elvaston Local Nature Reserve news

Find out what’s happening on Elvaston’s Local Nature Reserve.


Gretricks field

Together with interpretation boards located in key habitats on the site, the Elvaston team will:

  • keep you up to date with how volunteers are helping us to deliver the management plan
  • let you know what wildlife (flora and fauna) have been spotted
  • explain what we're doing and why

Elvaston Reserve Action Group (ERAG) have continued to provided invaluable assistance in promoting the reserve to a wider audience, securing funding to purchase wildlife cameras and a monitor. 

What’s happening on Gretricks and why

If you’re a frequent visitor to the nature reserve you may have noticed Gretricks field has undergone some intense management over the past 3 years.

This has been part of our vision for the reserve - to maximise the sites potential for flora and fauna, providing a wide variety of plant species that will enhance biodiversity, linked in to Derbyshire’s biodiversity action plan. Following consultation with our biodiversity officer and other agencies, a number of trials are underway.

To the north of the field we have planted a game cover mix. This provides cover for nesting birds and a food source for mammals.

To the west of the field we planted 2 varieties of wild flowers. These wild flowers provide a nectar source for insects including the returning and locally rare Volucella zonaria.

On the central part of the field (both left and right flanks) we have planted a species-rich grass mix to create a grass-rich meadow.

To the south of the field we have a living bird table, which to date has been very successful in attracting a wide variety of birds and providing a food source over the cold winter months.

At the most southerly point just before the scrape, we have planted more wild flowers to attract insects and provide opportunities for hunting dragonflies.

Do keep an eye on Gretricks Field and let us know what flora and fauna you spot over the coming months. Telephone 01629 533870 to report your sightings, or drop in to the rangers' office in the corner of the cobbled courtyard. Don’t forget to let us know the date you saw them.

Photographs are always very welcome.