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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A beautiful autumn day
Nov01

A beautiful autumn day

This may be North Derbyshire more famed for heavy wintry weather and the odd sot of rain, but we do get the glorious sunny days spread in between as well. Today was just one of those days with a steam train coming through this morning and clear blue sky’s followed by early evening autumn mists to close the day off. Enjoy those autumn colours before winter...

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Summer time for children in New Mills
Jul27

Summer time for children in New Mills

Look out for a lots of children’s activities in New Mills over the Summer weeks (we are assured that sunshine is just around the corner) There is everything for all ages this Summer in New Mills. From Bug Hunting sessions with the Derbyshire Rangers, Youth sessions at New Mills Youth Centre, Sports activities at New Mills Leisure Centre, Cinema at St Georges Hall, Calico printing at The Heritage Centre, Bushcraft sessions in The...

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Flora and fauna
Mar31

Flora and fauna

Webs of intrigue? I was reading recently about spiders webs and in particular the silk that they’re made from.   Most of us know of its strength, stronger than the equivalent steel thread (so they say) but what I certainly didn’t know was how it actually soaked up heat. I assume this speeds up the death of trapped insects…taking away their body heat. It isn’t the whole web that has these properties though, just the central loop...

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Weather watch
Mar01

Weather watch

Just when you thought Spring had sprung we have sleet and snow on its way starting Sunday evening, wrap up warm as it doesn’t look good all week.

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