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NATURE

Elsewhere on this site will be found details of the fact that North Duffield is situated on the Western edge of the Lower Derwent Valley. This had considerable benefits to residents in the past but now it provides good facilities for leisure. There are two bird hides accessible from a car park just off the A163 almost midway between the village and Bubwith bridge over the Derwent. The first hide is only a short walk from the car park but the furthest hide takes a little longer to reach. These hides give excellent views over the flood-plain and whatever time of the year you visit you are sure to see either resident, wintering or migrant waders and other birds. It is a good place to see Barn Owls as this area has one of the highest populations in the country and marsh harriers can often be seen flying over the area from the home at Wheldrake Ings a little further North up the Derwent.  From these hides you can see Hall Farm, once the site of North Duffield castle and more recently a fortified Manor house, perched on the edge of the flood meadows. Unfortunately there is no public access to the farm.

The Lower Derwent Valley is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It boasts the only colony of the vary rare Tansy Beetle in the country.

This site is under the care of Natural England.


Wildlife

The Society has erected several bat boxes in the trees on land belonging to a local resident in an attempt to encourage these wonderful creatures to live as well as hunt in the village. In addition, a number of bird boxes and duck refuges have been placed on the island on the pond on the village green.

Unfortunately, strenuous attempts to purchase or lease a piece of land on the outskirts of the village to manage for wildlife have been unsuccessful.


Nest Boxes on the Island