Pockets of important habitat in the Trent Vale are found in rare woodland, along meanders in the Trent and in areas of marginal farmland. However, it is the restored sand and gravel quarries that have provided the opportunity to create larger areas of wetland habitat.
These reserves are specifically managed for wildlife and conservation and have become some of the most important refuges for wildlife in the region. The Trent Vale reserves will become the largest area of reedbed in the East Midlands. Alongside these are numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Sites of importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) totalling an area of over 1,500 hectares.
Offering wilderness, isolation and a great place to spot wildlife, some of the reserves now have facilities including interpretation, viewing screens, footpaths and parking. Come along and explore them and you may be rewarded with swarms of sand martin, a high speed little ringed plover, elusive bittern, or possibly even catch a glimpse of a marsh harrier now breeding in the Trent Vale.
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