Wildlife and nature reserves
The wildlife and nature reserves in our district, are managed by Derbyshire County Council.
Most nature reserves have public access and they give visitors the chance to see wildlife and nature at its best. The nature reserves within Bolsover district are:
Doe Lea Local Nature Reserve (LNR) lies adjacent to the River Doe Lea, close to Glapwell and can be viewed from the Doe Lea bridleway that runs from the A617 at Bramley Vale to the minor road to Stockley and Rylah Hill.
It follows a surfaced linear path with a steep descent from the A617, Mansfield Road through to Rylah Hill. From Rylah Hill it is a short distance to the Stockley Trail. Unfortunately no car parking is available at this site.
The reserve includes a small reedbed, a habitat which was once more common in the valley of the River Doe Lea, where Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Reed Bunting have bred.
On the opposite side of the bridleway the river and an area of rough grassland add to the biodiversity.
The LNR can be accessed via Rowthorne Lane at the northern end of the trail. At the southern end the trail links into the Pleasley/Teversal Trails network at Batley Lane, where there are steps and a steep ramp down to the road.
The trails are pedestrian access only, unsurfaced in places, with some steep slopes and steps.
The steep embankments of this disused railway provide excellent habitats for a wide range of limestone loving plants, whilst some areas are developing as Oak woodland.
Wetter areas at the foot of the embankment and a small streamside meadow provide valuable habitats for plants, grass snakes, butterflies and moths.
At the Batley Lane end the LNR includes part of the Teversal to Pleasley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the majority of which is in Nottinghamshire.
The site has been dedicated to the memory of Peter Fidler who was born in 1769 at Mill Farm, next to the former colliery site.
Peter Fidler was a famous North American explorer and chief surveyor of the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. A commemorative stone cairn on the reserve is similar to his memorial at Dauphin in Canada
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 June 2010 10:43