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Wildlife and nature

Shipley Country Park covers 700 acres and contains a wide variety of habitat types.


There are areas of broadleaved and conifer woodland, a  reservoir and several smaller areas of open water and a patchwork of grassland meadows. These habitats encourage a rich diversity of wildlife of all kinds.

In the interests of wildlife Porter Wood, Mapperley Wood, the western bank of Mapperley Reservoir and parts of Cinderhill Coppice have been set aside as nature refuges, to which access is restricted.

Also, many of our satellite sites are particularly valuable to wildlife, for example Breadsall Cutting Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), Pewit Carr Local Nature Reserve and Stanley Morley Railway Path - where glow worms can be found.

The management of Shipley Country Park and its satellite sites always takes wildlife into consideration, and we aim to be as sensitive to its needs as much as possible.

Seasonal information about what you can expect to see in the park is available at the visitor centre.

Many special interest groups use Shipley Country Park for field trips, meetings and their own events, for example, Shipley Bird Watchers and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society.

For further information please contact the visitor centre on 01629 533991 or email