Carsington Water, Derbyshire
During construction care was taken in an attempt to minimise the impact of the reservoir on the local environment and wildlife. Around half a million shrubs and trees were planted there and these have now matured to provide a significant habitat for wildlife. There is a conservation area and bird hides on the banks of the reservoir. Carsington Water is also a very popular destination for a variety of sports and activities including watersports, cycling and walking. A visitors centre , a watersports centre and a wildlife centre have all been established there.
During the winter season water is pumped into Carsington Water from the River Derwent at Ambergate via a system of tunnels and an aqueduct. In summer the reservoir is allowed to drain back into the Derwent where it is subsequently abstracted and treated for commercial and residential use.
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