Know before you go
Parking informationThere is onsite parking
There are 2 viewing screens which are marked on the map on the interp board. Please stay on the tracks.
The reserve car park is just off Station Lane to the east of the A38 in the direction of Walton-on-Trent. Nearest postcode is DE13 8EN.
When walking round the site, please stay on the tracks.
No gates but kissing gate onto public footpath
The reserve car park is locked at 7pm and open at 7am.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen all year round. The reserve car park is locked at 7pm and open at 7am.
Best time to visitBest time to visit is spring for breeding waders and winter for overwintering wildfowl.
About the reserve
Tucklesholme is one of a network of current and former quarries within the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ landscape. The vision is for this to become one of the great connected wetland areas in the UK.
In 2018 quarrying operations ended at Tucklesholme and the transformation from quarry to nature reserve began. Over the next few years you will see the reedbed in the northern lake expand to become the largest in the Trent Valley. The exposed sandy shingles on the southern lake provide valuable nesting habitat to rare birds such as little ringed plover and oystercatcher, while the wet grassland areas offer the perfect spot for lapwing to raise their young. The reserve was opened to the public on 17th May 2019.