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Wilford Claypit

Wilford Claypit This diverse nature reserve covers 4.3 hectares south of Nottingham, and originated as a quarry where clay was excavated for making bricks. It's a great place to spot dragonflies and damselflies in late spring and summer, including the impressive blue and green emperor dragonfly

How to get to Wilford Claypit

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Entrances are via Compton Acres, West Bridgford (SK571355, NG2 7NZ) and Landmere Lane (SK569534, NG15 9AH).

Why not explore this nearby reserve? Wilwell Farm Cutting.


A 4.3 hectare disused clay pit, Wilford Claypit has a variety of habitats including marshland, pools, calcareous grassland and areas of scrub and woodland. The reserve was originally used for the excavation of brick-making clay. The marshland area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) showing how, with proper management,  sites such as these  can flourish. Dry grassland areas support interesting plant species such as bee orchid, fairy flax, yellow rattle and the diminutive fern-grass. Damper grassland and marsh areas hold large populations of southern marsh orchid, as well as yellow sedge, common fleabane, and field horsetail. Open water and its margins support other plants, including bulrush, purple loosestrife, fennel pondweed and water plantain.

For some more pictures of the reserve please visit our flickr set

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157626911356459/


Footpaths allow easy access to the various habitats.

Opening times

The reserve is open at all times


Events at Wilford Claypit

News from Wilford Claypit

Wildlife Trust Wetland Wildlife Weekend

Thursday 19th November 2015

This weekend, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015 is the Wildlife Trusts Wetland Wildlife Weekend.

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