The Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve and its associated legally designated sites falls partly within the Sutton upon Derwent Parish.
The Lower Derwent Valley is a haven for wildlife supporting internationally important populations of wintering wildfowl, as well as being a haven for breeding wading birds, otters and supporting some of the most important and botanically rich flood plain meadows in the country. The Reserve however only covers approximately a third of the designated area. The rest is privately owned and managed in a traditional way by local farmers and landowners.
More details of the Reserve can be found at:
Natural England holds events throughout the area which are advertised on the facebook page (above).
The Valley is a special place and Natural England is keen that local people have an opportunity to enjoy the areas unique landscape and that the wildlife interest is safeguarded.