Flora and fauna – something in the air
Jan26

Flora and fauna – something in the air

Something in the air  You’ll have seen them hanging in the breeze above motorway verges, precisely adjusting wings, body and tail so as to keep the head dead still, like it was pinned to the background. The lovely old name for the kestrel is the ‘windhover’.  Our most abundant bird of prey, the bread and butter for kestrels is the vole, though they’ll also take earthworms, insects and fledgling birds. Now then, voles don’t...

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Flora and fauna – Gorse
Jan19

Flora and fauna – Gorse

Bringing some much needed colour to the New Mills countryside, gorse with its acid yellow flowers and prickly green spikes is really welcome in the depths of winter. These pictures are from the bridleway leading up to Lantern Pike – but gorse is common all over the area. There are different varieties (common and western gorse) and between them they flower practically all year round which may explain an old saying: ‘When gorse is...

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Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day
Jan06

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team call out on Christmas Day

Here’s a video from the Christmas day rescue. A lady had slipped on the ice and fractured her hip. They requested help from a Coastguard helicopter, but the weather conditions turned out to be too bad for it to get in to the casualty site. So it turned in to a mini epic stretcher evacuation in the snow. Rescuing someone when they really need help feels like the best way of celebrating Christmas. They still managed to get home in...

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Mapping out the future
Nov25

Mapping out the future

For the past few months Visit New Mills have been working alongside High Peak Borough Council to create a new town map to welcome visitors. The folded A2 map has a town map on one side and a selection of local walks on the other side (courtesy of New Mills Walkers are Welcome), also involved in creating this wonderful town asset were New Mills Festival making it a true New Mills collaboration. The paper maps will be available from...

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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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