This reserve is in the far north east of Nottinghamshire between Gringley-on-the-Hill and Misterton. Originally a claypit, the area was used as a landfill site between 1966 and 1982 and in 1990 an area of 6.23 hectares was licensed to the Trust as a Nature Reserve by Nottinghamshire County Council.
The landfill site was capped with “river sand” and seeded with an agricultural grass mix with small plantations of Corsican pine in the grassland area and a small plantation of various broadleaved trees in the north-eastern corner. This has developed over the years into what is now an interesting mosaic of habitats including a small pond in the northern corner close to the car park. The grassland has developed and is considered to be fairly species-rich with southern marsh orchid and common-spotted orchid being present as well as bee orchid, pignut, sheep’s sorrel and bird’s foot trefoil. Rabbits are common and have helped management of the grassland by their grazing.
Maintenance of the circular footpath is carried out as necessary and future plans call for removal of the non-native tree species including the pines. Grazing will be employed as a management tool for the grassland.
If you would like further details about this and our other reserves, or to find how you can support our work in the county, please call Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on 0115 958 8242.