Wildlife can be found all around us in Derby. Our own gardens are a good place to start, as hedgehogs, bats, frogs, many species of birds, butterflies and other insects will visit most gardens.
Beyond gardens, parks and open spaces offer excellent opportunities. There are over 300 areas of public open space in the city, covering almost 700 hectares of land, to explore for wildlife. Many of our best wildlife sites, some of which are local nature reserves, are home to a wide range of common species, as well as a few rarities found nowhere else in Derbyshire, such as:
Other unusual species found in Derby include:
You can learn lots more about wildlife in Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Its Derbyshire Nature Gallery has great displays on local wildlife and geology, plus family discovery areas. You can follow a 'nature trail' of habitat reconstructions from the source of the River Derwent down to the heart of Derby.
Our 'Countryside - information and advice' page is a source of information and advice on wildlife and how to encourage wildlife in your garden. Our own walks will get you out and about in your local environment.
We help look after wildlife by managing parks and open spaces, operating museums and running countryside management projects.
Also, many groups help us care for wildlife in Derby, such as: