Transforming the Trent Valley cpt Derbyshire WT
The Trent is England's third-longest river after the Thames and the Severn.
aiming to restore a wildlife corridor along the whole of the Derbyshire Trent Valley
Over the past two centuries, industrialisation along the Trent has taken its toll. Agriculture, mineral extraction and development have all led to a loss of reed beds, wet grassland and other habitats with species such as redshank, lapwing and otters suffering a dramatic decline in numbers.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a long-term vision to restore a wildlife corridor along the whole of the Derbyshire Trent Valley. This corridor will reconnect the river, floodplain, wildlife and local communities.
We are working to restore wetland habitats and connect them together to encourage wildlife to thrive in the Derbyshire Trent Valley and beyond.
At Willington Gravel Pits we have been developing new habitats including reed beds and at Drakelow we have been working with its owner E.on to restore habitats. Both reserves now report winter visits of bitterns, one of the country's most threatened and secretive birds.
In the Trent Valley we are encouraging businesses to sign up to our site registration scheme where they pledge to develop and protect their land for wildlife.
We are also working with partners and neighbouring Trusts to create new nesting habitats for ospreys.
Start date: 2005
Scheme area: 1,000 hectares
Trust reserves within the scheme
This scheme is helping species including...
Current threats to the landscape
Development, agricultural intensity
This scheme is also...
Reducing flood risk, helping species adapt to climate change, improving access for people, providing opportunities for environmental education, skills training and volunteering.