The site is made up of a large lake, a section of the River Nutbrook and a patchwork of unimproved, species rich meadows under Countryside Stewardship.
The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl including swans, Canada geese, moorhen, mallard, great crested grebe and coot.
The riverside meadows have not been ploughed in living memory and are a refuge for many species of wildflowers including hemlock, lady’s smock, buttercups, meadowsweet and a variety of different grasses.
The River Nutbrook and its banks provide a valuable habitat for water voles and kingfishers.
The site is a candidate to become a Local Nature Reserve and benefits from an active Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows Group which meet at the community school on a regular basis.