Nature Reserves at
Straw's Bridge and Mapperley Reservoir
w/e 19 May
Two short walks during the week took me first to
this pond at a quiet little nature reserve hidden between two
disused railway embankments on the outskirts of Ilkeston.
This old railway bridge leads
from the pond to the area that is more popular with the general
public and is known as Straw's Bridge Nature Reserve.
The low sun in the sky produced
some strange colours in the water after passing under the bridge.
The parked cars are evidence of the site's popularity.
The second walk took me on
a trail around Mapperley Reservoir. The outgoing way on the far
side is through the wood and but the return path is much closer
to the water's edge.
Many of the trees on this side
grow at unusual angles enabling the resident mallards to keep
their feet dry whilst providing a natural diving board!
Reflections in the still water
near the end of the walk made the reservoir wall appear twice