Holme Pierrepont is a very large complex of flooded gravel pits. All quarrying activity in the area has now ceased and the various lakes that remain fulfil a variety of leisure activities as well as being great for wildlife watching.
The major locations are the unimaginatively titled "A52 pit", the Rowing Course, New Workings and the Finger Ponds. The small lake to the north of the Rowing Course is also worth a look (it often hosts Smew in the winter) whilst Skylarks Reserve (and lake) and the neighbouring Gedling Pond and Water Ski Lagoon also have interesting wildlife including a range of dragonflies and damselflies.
The now flooded "new workings" opposite Skylarks known as Blotts Pit (because it is opposite Blott's nights club) and much surrounding land, has been acquired as a nature reserve by the Notts Wildlife Trust. During late summer and winter of 2014, significant habitat creation works will take place to establish reed beds, wader scrapes and viewing points.
The map in the link below shows these sites but the whole area, including the River Trent itself is of interest. Most of the area is accessible at all times with the exception of the A52 pit which has no public access (though viewing should be improved by the Skylarks management works).
How to get there:
Access by road from the A52 following signs for the National Watersports Centre. The most interesting areas are at the eastern end of the rowing course and there is parking available at the entrance to Skylarks reserve and adjacent to the water ski lagoon (though these are vulnerable to theft). For the main centre car park fork left after the camp site into the centre itself.
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