Close-up of the head of a Common Darter Dragonfly, Allestree Park, June 2017
This is one the smaller of the 'large' dragonflies. It can often be encountered some distance from water.
by Bill Grange
Allestree Park in Derby, England, is the largest and most scenic of the City’s parks. Although lying on the northern boundary of the city of Derby, it merges with the attractive hilly countryside of the south Peak District fringe. A substantial area of the Park is a golf course, but there are a multitude of different wildlife habitats ranging from woodland to the large lake. Indeed, much of the Park is a designated Local Nature Reserve.
The history of the Park goes back to the late 18th century when the present Hall was built. The Hall is now largely empty, being the subject of several abandoned schemes in recent years, one of them being a nature museum project. The Park is largely used for quiet recreation by Derby’s people, who can enjoy a variety of interesting walks, including two nature trails. It is easy to 'get away from it all' in this splendid park and it is not obvious, when walking in its woodlands and meadows, that it lies within the boundary of an industrial city.
There is a wealth of wildlife in the Park, including several county rarities. This variety is partly the result of a varied underlying geology, largely acidic sandstone on the west side, soft crumbly shales in the centre and east.
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Bat Roosting Box Success, November 2015 - Click on button
List of Forthcoming Events in the Park - Click on button:
Higher Level Stewardship Scheme as part of Revised Managment Plan for Allestree Park Local Nature Reserve - details of meeting, November 2014 - Click on the button:
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Allestree Park - A Photographic Introduction
Allestree Hall From the Gardens
Now largely empty, this late 18th century mansion was at one time planned to be a nature museum, a branch of Derby City Museums. Future plans for it are uncertain.
|Allestree Park from the South-western boundary, looking over the Derwent Valley in early autumn. This view typifies the great scenic qualities of Allestree Park|
|Big Wood, Allestree Park in late April. The largest woodland in the Park.|
|The Lake, Allestree Park. It was constructed in the mid 19th century as a fishing lake, a function it still has. It is also home to a variety of water-fowl|
|Woodlands Field and a glimpse of the Derwent Valley.. This field is particulaly noteworthy for the range of scarce grassland fungi in autumn (see separate article) and is rich in other forms of wildlife, especially insects.|
|The Golf course. A view across the northern part of the course, which occupies much of the central part of the Park.|
|Photos are by Bill Grange|
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