Reserves in Nottinghamshire
The map shows the
distribution of the reserves throughout the whole of the County.
Our Local Reserves are:-
Lady Lee Quarry
would like further details about the reserves, or if you are
interested in getting involved in the management of any of the
sites, please call the Notts Wildlife Trust Office on 0115 958 8242
DYSCARR WOOD NATURE RESERVE
Dyscarr Wood is a semi-natural ash/wych elm wood with
some areas of scrub and marsh. It is situated on the Nottinghamshire/South
Yorkshire border, west of Langold, and covers 17 hectares
About the reserve
the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and some of it is
designated as a Local Nature Reserve. Approximately half of the site is owned
by the Trust, the remainder is managed on behalf of Bassetlaw District Council,
which in turn leases the wood, as a nature reserve, from British Coal.
The reserve is a fine example of ash/wych elm woodland
developed on Magnesian Limestone soil. Much of the wych elm has been affected by
Dutch Elm Disease and other trees include birch, sycamore and oak. The shrub
layer contains abundant hazel and hawthorn together with field maple, dogwood,
privet and blackthorn. In wetter areas alder and crack willow are common. The
wood contains a number of plants which indicate its ancient origins. These
include sweet woodruff, ramsons, yellow archangel and wood melick. Species such
as dogís mercury, enchanterís nightshade, hedge woundwort and sanicle can also
be found. Some areas contain twayblade, broad-leaved helleborine, primrose,
early purple orchid, wood anemone and common spotted orchid.
About 50 species of birds have been recorded, including
green, greater spotted and lesser spotted woodpeckers, sparrowhawk, little owl
and tawny owl. Winter visitors such as brambling and fieldfare and in summer
spotted flycatcher and blackcap can be seen. Hawfinch and woodcock have also
been recorded. The small glades adjoining the marshy area are excellent for
butterflies. Fourteen species have been seen on the reserve, including small
copper, brimstone, orange tip and migrants such as red admiral and painted
lady. Grass snakes are present. The Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire county
boundary ditch and bank system is also an interesting feature.
The Trust aims to conserve and enhance the range of
species and their habitats and to safeguard their future. Management includes
path maintenance and traditional woodland management using techniques such as
coppicing. The reduction of problems such as vandalism and littering is a
priority. Visitors should e encouraged to keep to the footpaths and unauthorised
horse riding is not allowed.
How to get there
The reserve is on the Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire
county border west of Langold. The entrance (Grid Ref. SK 581868) is on the
southern edge of the reserve leading to Church St. (opposite Langold Park
entrance), from where paths lead through most parts of the wood.
LADY LEE QUARRY NATURE RESERVE
This 2.4 hectare site is a disused flooded quarry which was purchased from
British Coal Corporation in 1995.
About the reserve
site is located on a strip of magnesian limestone, which was quarried from
as early as the 17th century until the 1920ís. Since then the
site has naturally become partially flooded to form a large shallow lake
with well vegetated margins and several small islands. The other major
habitat is woodland, as well as smaller areas of dry grassland and marsh.
Impressive limestone outcrops around the edge of the quarry are of
significant geological interest.
lake is rich in animal life and hosts various dragonflies and damselflies,
frogs, toads and great-crested newts. The margins and nearby marshland
support a rich flora, including water plantain, mare's tail, branched
bur-reed, celery-leaved buttercup and pink water-speedwell. The grassland
is generally species-poor, but one tiny fragment holds calcareous species
such as yellow-wort, fairy flax and cowslip. The woody scrub areas are quite
diverse, with plenty of hawthorn and smaller amounts of wych elm, ash, holly
Lady Lee Quarry has been subject of much survey work over the years and is
known to support 158 species of plant, 55 fungi, 83 birds and over 300
invertebrates. Kingfishers are regularly seen on the reserve and little
grebes are known to have bred. Other birds recorded include blackcap,
goldcrest, great crested grebe, snipe, heron and water rail. Grass snakes
are also present.
Management includes the removal of rubbish from the pond, mowing the grass
in spring and late summer, and extraction of scrub and invading bulrush to
maintain areas of open water. Boundaries have been improved by hedge laying
How to Get There
reserve (Grid ref. SK 563797) is reached via a narrow road and public
bridleway from the end of Haggonfields Lane (near the primary school) in
Rhodesia. The reserve is open to the public.