Flora and fauna – by the pond
Aug15

Flora and fauna – by the pond

Came across this by the pond today; from a distance it looked small enough to be a damselfly but on closer inspection it became clear it was a dragonfly, the Common Darter.  At rest, dragonflies hold their four wings spread out, unlike the damsel which has them together over their back, like a butterfly. The dragonfly is a fabulous flier, backwards or forwards, out-manoeuvring any other insect as it hunts them down. Hoverflies, wasps,...

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Flora and fauna – no taming these
May01

Flora and fauna – no taming these

No taming these! I’m not expecting many ‘likes’ for this because we tend to shy away from small, fast, furry things with four legs but here goes.  This winter, for the first time, I sprinkled mealworms on the ground below the bird table; robins, blackbirds and thrushes love them. But the tasty morsels also attracted another visitor I wasn’t expecting: the shrew. There are three types in the U.K., common, pygmy and water shrews, the...

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Flora and fauna – Horse chestnuts
Apr13

Flora and fauna – Horse chestnuts

Who doesn’t love the horse chestnut? With their spiky green cases, gleaming seeds, celebrated by children (I hear ‘conkers’ has started to make a comeback). Horse chestnuts, with their mahogany-bright conkers, are the very essence of a British autumn and more importantly you can find this beautiful tree all over New Mills But did you know that this quintessential part of the British Autumn was introduced over 500 years ago from...

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Flora and fauna – signs of Spring
Mar22

Flora and fauna – signs of Spring

Flora and fauna : Signs of Spring Well Spring is hanging round the corner and everything’s on the point of happening. We had a wander along the canal across from Swizzels last weekend and hiding behind The Hub (that pink building) were a few patches of lemon yellow coltsfoot. A sure sign of things to come. Coltsfoot is the first of the ‘dandelion-like’ flowers to poke their heads up each year.  What an evocative, old-world name...

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Shield Tree Wood
Jul07

Shield Tree Wood

Shield Tree Wood is a Viking themed Forest School and outdoor woodland at Thornsett Fields Farm, New Mills on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. They are passionate about getting children and adults back outside where they are happiest. At Shield Tree Wood they use exploration, den building, woodland crafts, tool use, campfire cooking, woodland games and story-telling to support the emotional development of our learners....

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A summer of Bushcraft
Jun17

A summer of Bushcraft

Over the summer we once again have several Bushcraft sessions happening in New Mills courtesy of Buck Stone Bushcraft Each session will cost £5, and will cover nature awareness, tracking, carving, foraging, mindfulness, meditation, journaling and natural health and well being. You will do some group exercises and some solo activities, as well as going on walks, using tools, making small fires and drinking wild teas. A willingness to...

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