Kirk Hallam is a small village situated on a branch of the Erewash canal, near Ilkeston, about 8 miles from Derby, 7 from Nottingham. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Survey. The wildlife haven of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows is closeby. The site comprises a large lake, a section of the River Nutbrook and a patchwork of meadows. The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl including swans, Canada geese, moorhen, mallard, great crested grebe and coot.
The riverside meadows have not been ploughed in living memory and are a refuge for many species of wildflowers including hemlock, lady's smock, buttercups, meadowsweet and a variety of different grasses. The river Nutbrook and its banks provide a valuable habitat for water voles and kingfishers.