Nature Reserves at Straw's Bridge and Mapperley Reservoir
w/e 19 May 2002

Nature Reserve
Two short walks during the week took me first to this pond at a quiet little nature reserve hidden between two disused railway embankments on the outskirts of Ilkeston.
Railway Bridge
This old railway bridge leads from the pond to the area that is more popular with the general public and is known as Straw's Bridge Nature Reserve.
Coloured Water 
The low sun in the sky produced some strange colours in the water after passing under the bridge. The parked cars are evidence of the site's popularity.
Water's Edge 
The second walk took me on a trail around Mapperley Reservoir. The outgoing way on the far side is through the wood and but the return path is much closer to the water's edge.
Many of the trees on this side grow at unusual angles enabling the resident mallards to keep their feet dry whilst providing a natural diving board!
Mapperley Reservoir
Reflections in the still water near the end of the walk made the reservoir wall appear twice as high.

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