Foremark Reservoir

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Foremark Reservoir
Foremark outfall.jpg
The outfall.
LocationSouth Derbyshire
Coordinates52°48′50″N 1°30′36″W / 52.814°N 1.51°W / 52.814; -1.51Coordinates: 52°48′50″N 1°30′36″W / 52.814°N 1.51°W / 52.814; -1.51
Primary inflowsRiver Dove
Primary outflowsMelbourne water treatment works
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Surface area230 acres (93 ha)
Water volume2,900 million gallons (13,200 mega litres)

Foremark Reservoir (OS grid reference SK3324) is a reservoir in South Derbyshire owned by Severn Trent which is also a 230-acre (0.93 km2) nature reserve open to the public for walking, fishing, bird watching and horse riding. It is also the base for Burton Sailing Club. It is supplied from water from the River Dove and it was constructed in the 1970s. The reservoir is accessible from the road between Milton and Ticknall. It is north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and close to Ingleby, Swadlincote and Willington. It is part of the National Forest. Admission is free, but there is a charge for the use of the car park.[1]


The cafe.

Twenty-seven varieties of butterfly have been recorded on the reserve,[2] including the large skipper, the speckled wood, white-letter hairstreak, small copper, holly blue and the brown argus.[citation needed] The reservoir is stocked with trout and is available for angling between the end of March and the middle of December.[3] One reason for the plentiful fish might be the large abundance of aquatic invertebrates – including dragonfly larvae, water boatman, great diving beetles (and larvae), pond skaters, water scorpions and silver diving beetles.[4]


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