Corporate report

East Riding of Yorkshire's National Nature Reserves (NNRs)

Updated 21 September 2023

Applies to England

Lower Derwent Valley

The Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve is made up of a series of flood meadows, pastures and woodlands. The reserve supports a rich diversity of plant species and outstanding populations of breeding and wintering birds. In light of this, the reserve has been declared a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site.

Main habitats: lowland grassland

Management: parts of the Lower Derwent reserve are managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Carstairs Countryside Trust.

Features of interest

For more information about Lower Derwent Valley, including directions and facilities, see the information leaflet. You can also read about how bird activity in the area is being monitored by Natural England’s NNR team, volunteers and local bird ringers.


The individual sites making up the reserve lie in a section of the Derwent river valley between its junction with the B1228 in the north, to the village of Wressle in the south.

There are 3 main access points to the reserve: North Duffield Carrs car park (1.5 km east of North Duffield, off the A163), Bank Island car park, and the nearby Wheldrake car park, both 1 to 1.5 km south­east of Wheldrake, off the minor road from Wheldrake to Thorganby. Voluntary car parking charges can be paid in advance or on the day using the RingGo app.


National England switchboard: 0300 060 3900

Lower Derwent Valley and Skipwith Common National Nature Reserves Office
Bank Island
Church Lane
North Yorkshire
YO19 6FE

For further information, or to arrange a group or school visit, contact:

Telephone: 07917 088 021


The Spurn National Nature Reserve is a sand peninsula stretching 5.5 kilometres into the mouth of the Humber Estuary. Rich in wildlife - particularly birds - it’s a mix of beach and dunes, grassland, salt marsh and scrub and aquatic environments

Main habitats: woodland, lower grassland

Management: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Features of interest

For details on the Spurn NNR, its wildlife and special features, and directions and other information for visitors see the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s page on the reserve.


Telephone: 01964 650 533