How to get to Skylarks
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From the A52, follow signs for the Watersports Centre turning onto Regatta Way. Bear right at the end of Regatta Way onto Adbolton Lane. Continue along Adbolton Lane past the Watersports Centre - the reserve lies a further 500 metres along the road with entrances on the north and south sides of the road. The best place to park is the small car park on the right, if this is full then it is possible to park in the layby a little further along on the left.
If you are travelling by bus then the number 11 stops close to the junction of Regatta Way and Adbolton Lane, it is then about a miles walk to the reserve entrance – but you could try walking through Holme Pierrepont Country Park on your way to visit! This bus route has now been extended on Sundays only almost to the entrance of the reserve. We are in the process of approaching the bus company to see if we can extend the bus route closer to the reserve and to the Country Park entrance on a daily basis. If you would like to help with this, then please consider completing this short survey.
It is also possible to cycle to the reserve, either along the road, or along the river and through the Country Park. Bicycle parking is available at the small car park, and also at the Country Park.
If using satnav, use postcode NG12 2LU, but continue along Adbolton Lane until you reach the reserve.
What to expect when visiting
Skylarks Nature Reserve has 1.5km of well surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, however they can still get muddy on occasion and there are plenty of other unsurfaced paths, so it is advisable to wear warm, waterproof shoes. Warm, waterproof clothing is also sensible, so as not to get caught out in a shower. If it is a sunny day, don’t forget to bring a hat, suncream and a bottle of water.
Skylarks Appeal: Creating Rushcliffe's Largest ever Nature Reserve
With the support of our Members and donors we successfully raised the funds to purchase land adjacent to our Skylarks site to create Rushcliffe's largest nature reserve along. Over the winter of 2014/15 we carried out a range of work to create and enhance key habitats and to make the reserve more accessible for local people with the financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can help us do more to protect sites like Skylarks by becoming a supporter today.
Skylarks Nature Reserve is an attractive wetland nature reserve owned by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. We created this green space back in 1982, specifically designing it so that wheelchair users can easily access the site - this was the first accessible nature reserve in the UK! In 2014 we successfully purchased a further 36ha of land and water to the south of Adbolton Lane, creating the largest nature reserve in Rushcliffe.
Skylarks was once a commercial gravel pit, and has been carefully managed so that now the holes left by extraction are a valuable wetland habitat for a variety of wildlife. Additionally there are areas of grassland, scrub and woodland, providing shelter for a wide variety of birds, mammals, insects and plants.
Many wetland birds can be spotted, including great crested grebe, kingfisher and reed bunting as well as species such as skylark and lapwing. In winter look out for redwing and fieldfare, and in summer common tern, yellow wagtail, reed warbler and sedge warbler are regular visitors.
In spring and summer, the reserve is also an excellent place to spot damselflies and dragonflies soaring across the water's surface, or through the surrounding reeds. Butterflies to look out for include meadow brown, common blue, small heath and orange tip,
The wide and varied flora includes marsh marigold, oxlip and cowslip. The delicate Southern marsh and spotted orchids also grow here.
Keep an eye out for frogs, toads and newts enjoying the shelter provided by the densely clustered reeds.
Skylarks is also home to many trees, including several species of willow, alder, ash, rowan, birch and oak.
Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £ sign.]
Parking is available on Adbolton Lane – there is a small car park at the main entrance to the south of the road, and a layby on the northern side.
There are cafés and toilets at Holme Pierrepont Country Park – a short walk or drive away. This can either be accessed along Adbolton Lane, or by walking through the part of the reserve to the north of Adbolton Lane, into the Country Park and walking west along the lake edge.
Skylarks is open to the public at all times; we recommend visiting in daylight hours.
Events at Skylarks
Spoon Whittling Workshop
Tuesday 4th October 2016
Learn about the history of the humble spoon and have a go at crafting your own at our Skylarks Nature Reserve. Workshop is for adults aged 18+ and requires you to have a good degree of manual dexterity, as you will be using very sharp tools. 10am – 2pm, free of charge. Booking required.
Early Medieval Trinkets
Thursday 6th October 2016
Have a go at a variety of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crafts, and take away trinkets of your own creation at our Skylarks Nature Reserve. Activities include runesticks, gamepiece carving, wire weaving and more. This workshop is aimed at adults. 10am – 2pm, free of charge. Booking required.
Green Man Workshop
Friday 7th October 2016
Learn about ‘green man’ imagery in history, archaeology and folklore at Skylarks Nature Reserve. Have a go at hand carving your own images using traditional techniques and local wood. Workshop is for adults aged 18+ and requires you to have a good degree of manual dexterity, as you will be using very sharp tools. 10am – 2pm, free of charge. Booking required.
Saxon Pottery Workshop
Thursday 13th October 2016
Learn about Saxon pottery; how it was made, decorated and used, and have a go at crafting your own at Skylarks Nature Reserve. This workshop is aimed at adults. 10am– 2pm, free of charge. Booking required.
Early Medieval Trinkets
Tuesday 25th October 2016
Have a go at a variety of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crafts, and take away trinkets of your own creation at this family event at Skylarks. Activities include spinning, lucet weaving, spindle whorls, rune writing, Saxon pots and more. Free drop-in session, just drop by between 11am and 3pm.
Friday 11th November 2016
Join Katie Last and explore Skylarks Nature Reserve, a wonderful wetland in Rushcliffe. 10.00am, booking essential.
News from Skylarks
Monday 18th January 2016
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based conservation charity, has welcomed the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery for an ambitious education programme which will help to connect children and families with the natural world…..
Thursday 19th November 2015
This weekend, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015 is the Wildlife Trusts Wetland Wildlife Weekend.
Friday 13th March 2015
Join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on Saturday 11th April for a day of celebration at the recently extended Skylarks Nature Reserve at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.Skylarks Open Day
There will be a range of activities throughout the day, plus guided walks at 10.00am and 2.00pm
Thursday 31st July 2014
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have been successful in securing over £1 million of funding towards the ‘Not a Blott on the Landscape’ project – our most successful fundraising campaign for a conservation project in our 50 year history.,,,,