Peter Fidler Nature Reserve
Riverside Way, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6GA
The recently named Peter Fidler Reserve is situated on the former Bolsover South Tip. The tip has been transformed by Derbyshire County Council and contains a number of valuable habitats, including willow carr, reed bed, river corridor and grassland. Sensitive reclamation works have protected these habitats and created new ponds, woodland and meadows
In the summer Dragonflies are on the wing in the Peter Fidler Reserve. Watch over the new pools for these fascinating insects. You will see Emperor, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Southern Hawker with Common and Blue Tailed Damselflies. These flying jewels are following in the footsteps of their illustrious ancestors discovered as fossils at Bolsover Pit in 1978 that lived 300,000,000 years ago. The first one was a new species with a 20 cm wingspan and created quite a stir both locally and nationally. A second find in the pit that year proved to be the largest fossil insect, named by the British Museum in 1980 as Typhus ailuculum (Giant Dragonfly of the Dawn) with a wingspan of 50 cm. The largest Dragonfly wingspan you will see now is the 10.6 cm of the Emperor.
The site has been dedicated to the memory of Peter Fidler, who was born in 1769 at Mill Farm, adjacent to Bolsover Tip South. Peter Fidler became a famous North American explorer and chief surveyor for the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.
The Reserve includes new pathways, picnic areas and viewpoints overlooking Bolsover and the Doe Lea Valley. The commemorative stone cairn installed on the reserve is similar to Peter Fidler's memorial at Dauphin in Canada. Access to the Peter Fidler Reserve is available for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.