Handley is a small village close to Ogston Reservoir. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet just a few minutes from the busy town of Clay Cross.
Ogston Reservoir is a haven for birdwatchers. Built by damming the River Amber in 1958, the Reservoir is surrounded by woodlands, fields, scrub and grasslands, and even an orchard! When the water level drops in late summer and autumn, the Reservoir attracts large numbers of wading birds but, in winter, Ogston is the best site nationally to watch rare species of gull - 14 different species have been recorded here. Guided bird walks are run by the Ogston Bird Club on the first Saturday of the month at 9.30 am from the West Bank Car Park but please telephone Peter Birley to check (Tel: 01332 753078). Everyone is welcome to use the public hide on the West Bank, or watch from the roadside or car parks.
Open all the time
Handley Lane, Handley, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 9AT
Map reference: SK 377619 Lat: 53.15289 Long: -1.43770
Accessible by Public Transport : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Chesterfield station