Flora and fauna – tough times
Mar05

Flora and fauna – tough times

This time of year is dodgy for our feathered friends. All the berries and seeds they’ve been managing on over the last few months have gone, insects can’t be found and the ground is often frozen. During just one cold night they lose a massive amount of body weight, and you wonder how any survive the winter at all. So for an extended period of extremely cold, snowy and frosty weather like we’re into now it can be curtains for many of...

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Rethinking plastic in New Mills
Nov15

Rethinking plastic in New Mills

Every year approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste finds its way into our oceans, where it wreaks havoc on our wildlife, and then finds its way into the human food chain. Rethink Plastic New Mills, a campaign by Transition New Mills, aims to boost awareness of the problem encourage New Mills residents to use alternatives to single use plastic, and increase recycling. The campaign launched in October, when Transition members and...

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Flora and fauna – Admiral
Sep30

Flora and fauna – Admiral

I arrived home the other afternoon to be met with a mass of insect life on the flowers of the ivy (the best thing you can plant for wildlife), but by far the most eye-catching were the red admirals. Its life history is interesting…in May and June it migrates north to us from northern Africa and southern Europe, then mates, laying eggs on nettles where the caterpillars feed until pupation. The chrysalis hatches in mid to late summer,...

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Flora and fauna – Mr Mole
Sep03

Flora and fauna – Mr Mole

A walk along the Sett Valley Trail this evening surprised us with this little corker exploring the hardcore. Much as I deplore them in the garden for their under-root explorations, moles are charming little things going about their subterranean lives generally out of sight (though they do surface surprisingly often). Moles live by their sense of touch and smell from their super-sensitive nose and whiskers, with hardly any eyesight at...

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Flora and fauna – tales from the dark side
Jul25

Flora and fauna – tales from the dark side

You’ve probably noticed but this time of year is brilliant for moths. The best nights to see them are those still, warm overcast evenings full of the scents of summer.   A friend recently sent me a (rather dodgy) picture of one of these caterpillars he found up on the heather tops. It’s that of an Emperor moth, one of our largest and most dramatic, and only found amongst the heather which the caterpillar eats (amongst other things)....

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The Barn at the Inn
Jul18

The Barn at the Inn

This detached, 2-storey barn conversion is located on the hillside to the rear of the owners’ friendly country pub (The Printers Arms for you ale buffs) in a quiet hamlet. The impressive kitchen and living room offer comfort and style with contemporary furnishings, plus a cosy woodburner. Upstairs, the galleried bedroom is beautifully decorated with a large leather sleigh bed and countryside views. Outside, the enclosed patio garden...

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