The site covers 5.3 hectares and is a mixture of woodland scrub, railway embankment, rough grassland and riverbank. The old railway embankment was donated to the Trust by British Rail. The reclaimed tip and riverside area owned by Ashfield District Council and a small area of grassland owned by Severn Trent Water are managed by the Trust under licence. The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
About the Reserve
The reserve consists of scrub and colonising vegetation on the disused railway line with grassland dominating the rest of the site. An area of new woodland was also planted some years ago.
The larger part of the reserve is an embanked plateau, created by the restoration of an old domestic refuse tip in 1974. The plateau, originally intended for sports use, was managed as rough pasture. This grassland tends to become waterlogged in winter and as a result many moisture-loving plants thrive here. The banks of the River Erewash form the western boundary of the reserve, and the river occasionally floods the bank-side grasslands. Willow and birch dominate the woodland scrub, with yellow iris, meadowsweet and reedmace growing in the small marsh area in the south eastern corner.
Meadow brown, common blue, small tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies feed on the knapweed, vetches, trefoils and burnet in the grass sward. Birds to be seen include kestrel and skylark over the plateau, and kingfisher flying along the river. The river corridor forms a natural flight line and various species of birds can be seen during migration periods.
For some pictures of the reserve please go to our Flickr set
The main objectives are for creative conservation. The aim is to protect and care for the young trees, to increase the species richness of the grassland and marsh communities and to encourage the reserve’s use as an outdoor classroom by local schools.
How to Get There
The reserve can be entered by crossing the playing fields from the Jacksdale Community Centre car park (SK446513). Cars may also be parked on Main Road. If using SatNav, enter NG16 5LN and follow the preceding directions. The main path is along the railway embankment.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or if you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Office on 0115 958 8242