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Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group aims to

Study, record, promote, and protect all species of wildlife found in and around Pleasley Pit Country Park.

Maintain, enhance and increase wildlife habitat within the above site.

Work with the local community and Derbyshire Countryside Services through partnership projects and education to support and achieve the above aims

Members helped with the major construction of the site in its early stages in the year 2000. Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group then took over some of the routine maintenance of the site. Working with Derbyshire Countryside Services on the development of the site, the Saturday morning working parties are helping to make it more attractive and friendly to both wildlife and human visitors.

History of the Site

Coal mining began at Pleasley in 1873 and ended in 1983.The waste rock which was excavated from the mine was tipped on nearby fields, eventually the soil covered 150 acres. A few years after the mine had closed British Coal agreed that Derbyshire County Council could take over the site. There were many suggestions about how to use it and eventually everyone agreed that it should become a Country Park. Ponds were created, drainage ditches ensured that the water went where it was most needed, reed beds and native trees were planted. Within a short time many varieties of plants, animals, birds and insects have come to live on the site

The Site has now been upgraded from a Countryside Park to Local Nature Reserve

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