Allestree Park is the largest Local Nature Reserve in Derbyshire and was designated in 2002.
It forms part of a wider network of nature reserves and local wildlife sites throughout Derby using established tree lines, Burley Brook and the River Derwent as a green connection.
It hosts a huge variety of wildlife habitats including several nationally important species-rich wildflower meadows, a habitat known to have declined by 97% since 1930. The magnificent meadows and large mature woodlands provide the perfect home for a wide range of common species and a few rarities. Species of note are:
- English elm trees
- Veteran pedunculate oak trees
- White letter hairstreak butterflies
- Common blue butterflies
- Harvest mice
- Brown Hare
- Adders-tongue fern
- Moonwort fern
- Pink fairy waxcap fungi
- Fly agaric fungi