Wildlife spotting from the Reserve's bird hides and viewing platforms.
This former gravel pit in the Trent Valley is teeming with bird life all year round. The Reserve is particularly important for its wetland habitats, from open water to reed beds, while the shingle and grass islands provide a refuge for birds and are ideal for breeding waders.
From ducks in Winter to curlew in early Spring, and sand martins and common terns in Summer, Willington’s wetlands also attract several species of dragonfly and damselfly. Conditions suit water plants such as short-leaved water starwort. A family of otters have been seen from the viewing platforms, whilst beavers are to be introduced during 2021.
There are three viewing platforms, two of these have ramp access and one hide has ramp/bridge access. Access is currently limited to the lane and the viewing platforms provided. Meadow Lane is accessible to mobility scooters in dry conditions – please note that there are eight steps leading up to each of the viewing platforms.