Derbyshire Wildlife Trust looks after 41 nature reserves. To learn more about places to see wildlife around Derbyshire please click here
Our work covers all activities and experiences aimed at helping people of all ages to understand and appreciate the natural world and encourage them to take action to conserve and improve it.
This includes engaging with schools and communities across Derbyshire to help everyone gain a better understanding of the environment and their place within it. This is done by them working on our nature reserves, visiting our Whistlestop Centre at Matlock Bath, Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water, and Learning Centre at the Avenue Washlands, Chesterfield. We also go into schools and other places throughout the county. This work can be linked to the National Curriculum, 'Learning Outside the Classroom' and give opportunities to try new experiences and provide lasting change, like school grounds improvements.
As well as the traditional 'getting close to nature' activities like pond dipping, we ask children and young people to consider the impact they have on the planet through encouraging re-cycling, composting, energy efficiency and climate change activities. Find out about Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's work with schools.
During school holidays, we hold family discovery days where adults and children alike can find out more about the natural world, get involved and share their enjoyment with others.
We also co-ordinate Wildlife Watch groups, the junior arm of the Trust, throughout the county. These are the clubs for young nature lovers that hold regular meetings for children, from around the ages 8-15, to get active and involved with nature and the outdoors.
All of our work is supported by volunteers who help to support the work of the team by bringing their own enthusiasm, skills and experience, whilst often gaining new experiences themselves.
Visit Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Website (Wildlife Watch pages).