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 layby on the left adjacent to the reserve entrance.
If using satnav, use postcode NG12 2LU, but continue along Adbolton Lane until you reach the reserve.
Skylarks Appeal: Creating Rushcliffe's Largest ever Nature Reserve
With the support of our Members and donors we have successfully raised the funds to purchased land adjacent to our Skylarks site to create Rushcliffe's largest nature reserve. Over the winter we will be carrying out range of work to create and enhance key habitats and to make the reserve more accessible for local people. 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!
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.
Today the reserve, situated next to Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre just south of Nottingham, is very popular. Visitors come to enjoy a stroll by the water, and along the boardwalk paths.
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 layby on the left-hand side where you can you park, adjacent to the reserve entrance.
Skylarks is open to the public at all times; we recommend visiting in daylight hours.
Events at Skylarks
Skylarks Heritage Festival
Saturday 12th September 2015
Everyone is welcome to join us for this special day when the Wildlife Trust and the County Archaeology team will join in a festival of ancient arts demonstrating long-forgotten skills and exploring the heritage of this fabulous nature reserve and the Trent Valley. 11.00am – 4.00pm, parking at Holme Pierrepont Country Park overflow on Adbolton Lane.
Friday 18th September 2015
Join other Trust members at Skylarks Nature Reserve where NWT’s Michael Walker will give a short talk about bats followed by a walk to spot these fascinating creatures. Booking essential and meeting place and time will be confirmed.
Contact: Membership Department 0115 958 8242
News from Skylarks
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.,,,,