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On the day of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Celebration, 28th July 1977, Derby became a city. It was the tenth town in the last century to be made a city and the fourth since the end of the Second World War.

Although a city, Derby still has the feel of a large market town and with plenty of open space, wonderful parks and the River Derwent running north to south through the city, it has been described as a 'city in the countryside'.

Derbyshire Family Rambling Group on a walk in 2004. Photograph courtesy of Derbyshire Family Rambling Group. 

In order to take advantage of Derby's rich source of wildlife, Derby City Council is organising a series of 'wildlife walks'. These walks will be led by local experts and will help people obtain a much wider appreciation of the wildlife that exists close to the city centre.

Looking ahead Derby City Council are interested in expanding the 'Let's go wild in Derby' programme for 2007. They are looking for walks or activities that are interesting, local and focus on wildlife or history. If you could lead a walk or activities, please get in touch.

Puffball fungi.Photograph courtesy of Beverley Rhodes.


Derby is both a 'city in the countryside' and has 'countryside within the city'. Because of this, we can enjoy wildlife on our doorstep. The Derby City Council has organised a series of walks and activities to help you enjoy our wildlife locally. Led by local groups, the walks and activities could also be a fun way of improving your health. If you have serious health problems, check with your doctor before taking part in any of the walks or activities.

For all walks and activities, you should wear comfortable walking shoes, boots, or wellingtons, and take warm, waterproof clothing, in case it rains. Parents will be responsible for their children at all times. If dogs are allowed, then the owners will be expected to keep them on a lead at all times. Terrain details are given to help people decide whether they are able to participate in the walk or activity. To help our environment, why not use public transport to get to the start?

For public transport information contact: Traveline on 0870 6082 608

Kidney Vetch. Photograph courtesy of Bill Grange. 

Please click the link below for an extract from the 'Let's go wild in Derby' leaflet, detailing the full programme of wildlife walks for 2008.

Let's go wild in Derby 2008 - Events


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The leaflet referred to on this page, containing the events programme for 2008, is available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place, Derby Museum and Art Gallery or libraries in the city (from March). Click for programme details.

Let's go wild in Derby 2008



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If you require more information then please contact:

Environment Projects Officer,  Derby City Council, Development & Cultural Services, Environmental Sustainability Unit, Roman House, Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1XB.

Tel:          01332 255021.

Minicom:  01332 256666.

Fax:         01332 255989.






Common blue butterfly. Photograph courtesy of Bill Grange.



The following are a selection of free guides available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place, Derby Museum and Art Gallery or each ranger's office.


1.  Allestree Park Nature Trail.

2.  Alvaston Park Tree Trail.

3.  Arboretum Tree Trail.

4.  Chaddesden Wood LNR.

5.  Darley Abbey Park Tree Trail.

6.  Derby's Lower Derwent Trail.

7.  Derby's Riverside Quarter Trail. 

8.  Derby's Upper Derwent Trail.

9.  West Park Meadow, Spondon.

10. Allestree Circular Walk.

11. Great Northern Circular Walk.

12. Markeaton Circular Walk.

13. Radbourne Circular Walk.

14. Swarkestone Circular Walk.

For information on park facilities ask for the 'Derby Parks' leaflet.


Walkers on the Radbourne Circular Walk. Photograph courtesy of Graham Toon.




Provides a wide range of features on towns and villages with heritage trails and easy countryside walks, where you will have every opportunity to discover wildlife that can only be seen away from built up areas.


Detailed instructions and maps, guide you through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.


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Last year's walk at West Park Nature Reserve. Photograph courtesy of Anne Morgan.