Know before you go
Entry feeFree access
Parking informationThere is no parking but cars can be parked carefully at the side of the road without obstructing the farmer’s access.
Grazing animalsYes - Cattle
Much of the area is inaccessible but a footpath allows good views over the reserve and all the habitat types.
The best viewing of the Meadows complex is from Stoney Lane between Brinsley and Langley Mill. Contact the Trust for more information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The River Erewash flows through the reserve and at its downstream end forms a delta before flowing under Stoney Lane and the A610 Eastwood bypass. There are resident species such as water rail, reed bunting and lapwing. Rarities in recent years include red-footed falcom and spoonbill and almost anything can turn up. Various butterflies occur, including common blue and meadow brown.