Our indoor programme of lectures starts in the Autumn. The venue for these is the Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, Derby. For details on how to find this - click on or touch the button ‘MEETINGS VENUE’ on left.

During the spring and summer we have a varied programme of outdoor meetings, taking place in Derbyshire and neighbouring counties, to explore a wide range of wildlife. All non-members are welcome to join us - and you definitely don't have to be an expert!

Remaining Talk for 2024

Friday 12th April

‘Hidden Gems of Ticknall Limeyards’ by Alison Thornhill

From prehistory to the present day, Ticknall Limeyards have evolved from a tropcial sea to a tranquil woodland.

This talk will reveal some of the natural gems that dwell in this intriguing site.

Our Programme of Outings in Summer and Autumn, 2024

(E) easy walk less than 2 miles

(M) moderate walk maybe with stiles and inclines but less than 3 miles

(D) difficult terrain some rough ground more than 3 miles

(W3W) What3words location

Saturday 20th April (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

DWT Hilton Gravel Pits NR lets go looking for the Purple Toothwort on this morning walk with Brian Hobby. Meet at the Willowpit Lane entrance DE65 5FN (SK253313).  Sorry - No dogs are allowed on the reserve. (W3W) mooring.same.suave

Wednesday 1 May (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

Meet Brian Gough at Taylor Lane, Loscoe DE75 7TA (SK427475) for a walk up the Red River LNR to see the Snakehead Fritillaries, and in the afternoon, we have the option to explore the meadows of Loscoe Dam and surrounding area in search of wildflowers and early butterflies.  (W3W) sung.rainwater.junction

Thursday 16 May (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

Join Brian Hobby in search of Green-winged Orchids. Meet at Hartington Station Car Park SK17 0AZ (SK149611) for DWT Hartington Meadows NR (Pay and Display £4.00 for 4 hours). Bring lunch.  (W3W) rephrase.turned.dunes

Wednesday 22 May (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

Come to the Tean Valley NR ST14 5ER (SK06893647) with Brian Hobby to meet a guide who will take us around this reserve.  It should take about 2.5 to 3 hours for the visit, but we are welcome to stay longer if we wish for a picnic or further exploration of the wildflowers and bird life.  This is a private reserve, and their website is for further information. Sorry no Dogs. (W3W) robot.regulator.subplot   As it is a private site we will be asking for a donation to visit.

Thursday 30 May (outdoor meeting) (E) 2:00pm

Explore the Darley Abbey Tree Trail and other parts of Darley Park with John Bland to see leaves, flowers etc. that were not there to be seen on the New Years Day walk. Meet at the Darley Abbey village, Darley Street car park (free) DE22 1DU - (SK352383) (W3W)

Wednesday 5th June (outdoor meeting) (M) 2:00pm

Meet Alison Thornhill in Ticknall Village on the A514, Main Street DE73 7JF (SK359240) (W3W) cowboy.imparting.maximum.  Parking is either at Ticknall Village Hall Car Park (10 mins walk away) DE73 7JX (SK352240) (W3W) chilled.shelters.washable or alternatively park on the roadway at the meeting point. Alison will walk her talk (see above), looking for some of the hidden, and not so hidden, gems of Ticknall Limeyards as we explore this fascinating SSSI of old lime workings.

Thursday 20th June (outdoor meeting) (M) Meet 10:30am

Join John Bland for a morning walk to view the new wetlands created by the developers of Infinity Park and visit the wildflower meadows at Sinfin Moor Park. Meet CP on Sinfin Lane DE24 9SF (SK346314). (W3W)

Saturday 6 July (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

Meet Brian Gough at Bonsall village carpark DE4 2AH (SK280579) for a wildflower walk looking for limestone loving plants above the village. Bring lunch or visit the small cafe. (W3W) bachelor.watched.monorail 

Wednesday 10 July (outdoor meeting) (E) 10:30am

Come with Bill Grange for a walk around Hammersmith Meadows in the morning and Butterley Reservoir in the afternoon.  Meet on Butterley Hill where there are several long lay-bys for parking DE5 3UZ (SK400516).  Bring lunch or it may be possible to buy at the Fisherman’s car park café.  (W3W) flame.downs.listening

Saturday 20 July (outdoor meeting) (E) 2:00pm

An easy afternoon walk with Brian Gough to visit the Outram’s Wharf where nature is now taking over. DE21 5EL (SK362408) Park in visitor’s car park. (W3W) reply.rams.quarrel

Wednesday 31 July (outdoor meeting) (E) 10:30am

Join Sue and Steve Ford for a 'close up and personal' experience with the owls and raptors at Rosliston Forestry Centre.  After lunch (café on site or bring sandwiches) enjoy a stroll around the centre, which includes new and old woodland.  Meet in the car park (£4 all day) - Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote DE12 8JX (SK242174) (W3W) hangs.candle.brain

Saturday 10 August (outdoor meeting) (M) 10:30am

Join Brian Gough for a walk through the woods and along the river at Rowsley.    After lunch we visit the wildflower meadow at the DWT Peak Village NR.  Meet at Rowsley Old Station Carpark DE4 2EL (SK258658).  (W3W) edge.rolled.hometown

Friday 16 August (outdoor meeting) (E) 2:00pm

Let’s see how the rewilding of Allestree Park golf course is coming along with Bill Grange.  Meet in the car park, Woodlands Lane, Allestree Park DE22 2HH (SK341404).  (W3W) spared.lend.soda

Our Programme of Talks and Walks