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Project information

Woodside Wild Farm

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust aims to establish Woodside nature reserve as a community farm for wildlife and people to enjoy.

Farming this site will provide the best possible conditions for wildlife and we will provide all sorts of interesting things for people to do and see.

April 2012 - March 2015

Charity information: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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  • Need


    The land has been poorly managed for years and as a result the wildlife has suffered.

    We need to improve the grassland, woodland and wetland present so that it's in the best possible condition to attract a wide range of species.

    Thousands of people live locally and use the site for recreation and access to fresh air and we need to offer them some great events, activities and fun in the natural environment.


    We will manage the land in a wildlife friendly farming manner and reach out to other landowners far and wide to take a look at what we are up to and try some ideas themselves.

    There will be lots of things for people to do and see: paths and trails, sculpture, observation towers, wild barns and classrooms and all sorts of volunteering opportunties to enjoy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up the Wild Farm


    » Install fencing and other site infrastructure so that livestock can be introduced to the site

    What success will look like

    Livestock on site and wildlife improvements over time

    Aim 2

    Provide a great visitor experience


    » Ensure the site offers something for all ages and abilities so that they can enjoy their natural environment

    What success will look like

    Increased visitor numbers and things to do

  • Impact


    Long term the site will be haven for wildlife and people.

    We will celebrate by sharing this great place with everyone and letting as many people as we can know that they are welcome.


    The main risk is if the farming operation is not sustainable. We have undertaken comprehensive research and tested our business model to ensure this will not happen.

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a commitment to manage our nature reserves in perpetuity and Woodside forms part of this long term promise.


    We will report as agreed with specific donors in line with their requests and requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £140,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £140,000 staff urgent requirement is staff to make it all happen
  • Background


    Shipley Nature Reserve, between Shipley and Mapperley, Derbyshire.


    Local populations of Shipley, Mapperley and several other villages, towns of Heanor, Ilkeston, cities of Derby and Notitngham.

    Schools which will benefit from courses run by the Trust here.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is a leading conservation charity with a track record of creating and managing nature reserves. In addition we are a member-led organisation which is highly respected by the public as we value the views of the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Spowage

    Reserves Manager

    Jane Proctor

    Marketing and Resource Development Manager