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 – 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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DCC collecting ‘White Hall’ stories for heritage lottery funded project
Dec03

DCC collecting ‘White Hall’ stories for heritage lottery funded project

Stories and memories of students who have visited DCC’s White Hall Outdoor Education Centre since it opened almost 70 years ago are being collected to create a film about its history in a £10,000 project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centre opened in 1951, and is recognised as a leading influence in the development of outdoor education in the UK and across the world.  New Mills’ very own Spring Bank School (now...

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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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OPEN : New Mills Millennium Walkway
May08

OPEN : New Mills Millennium Walkway

Update – as of 31 May the Millennium Walkway is now reopened Overnight on 2 May the New Mills Millennium Walkway was damaged at the west end with 7 of the side cables being cut This left DCC with no alternative but to close the walkway whilst the damage is properly surveyed and repairs carries out. Initial surveys were due to be carried out today (Tuesday 8 May) and the repair is marked as urgent. As soon as we have a reopening...

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