Sorby Natural History Society – Pleasley Pit Country Park

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Lichen & Invertebrate Group Meeting to Pleasley Pit Country Park, Derbyshire

Saturday 13 July 2024

Contact: Steve Price, email:



Please note: it is not worth coming to this meeting if lichens are your only interest.

Following a recce visit to the site made recently the report is that the lichen interest here is minimal: 1 out of 10 at best. However it is good to report that the invertebrate and floristic interest is 9 out of 10.

The site having been heavily re-seeded with wild flowers the early stage coalfield regeneration, during which there may be a good Cladonia coverage and diversity, is well over.



Meet at 10.30am at the main car park (grid ref SK499643). The Country Park is accessed from the major traffic island on the A617 at Pleasley. There are toilets and a cafe on site. A site map can be downloaded from the Derbyshire County Council website – do a web-search for ‘Pleasley Pit Country Park’.

This reclaimed colliery site offers a range of habitats including developing secondary woodland with lots of scrubby margins, hedgerows, flower rich magnesian limestone grassland and dragonfly ponds. There are no lichen records at all and there’s plenty to go at invertebrate-wise.


a map of the area can be viewed at: