A sailing regatta at Carsington Water.
|Primary inflows||tunnel/aqueduct from River Derwent|
|Primary outflows||River Derwent|
|Basin countries||United Kingdom|
|Managing agency||Severn Trent Water|
|Water volume||35,412 megalitres|
Carsington Water is a reservoir operated by Severn Trent Water in Derbyshire, England. The reservoir takes water from the River Derwent at Ambergate during winter months, pumping up to the reservoir by 10.5-kilometre (6.5 mi) long tunnels and aqueduct. Water is released back into the river during summer months for water abstraction and treatment further downstream. It is England's ninth largest reservoir with a capacity of 35,412 megalitres.
Planning for the reservoir started in the 1960s with actual construction starting in 1979. In 1984 there was a partial collapse of the dam prior to its filling. The dam was subsequently completely removed before construction of a new dam commenced in 1989. The finished reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992.
The reservoir is a major centre for leisure activities including walking, cycling, fly fishing, birdwatching, sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing. The land surrounding the reservoir, in particular the facilities around the visitor centre, has played host to events including a music festival, the Festival of the Peak.
Birds seen at the site include Little Owl, Little Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Tern and breeding Common Redshank. Feral Barnacle Geese are found there; a wild, ringed, Barnacle Goose was found in March 2011—it was ringed at WWT Caerlaverock in Dumfrieshire, Scotland on 8 February 1999.
Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water
The Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water is operated as a partnership of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Severn Trent Water. The Trust offers nature programs for schools, children and families.
- Wildlife Discovery Room - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
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