Flora and fauna – eagles or doves ?
Jul04

Flora and fauna – eagles or doves ?

Eagles or Doves? Aquilegia is a really common and splendid sight at the moment on roadside verges. Originally a wild flower, there are also many cultivated varieties in gardens and many of these have escaped back into the wild leading to a confusing picture! Original wild varieties are deep blue but can also be pink or white. The name possibly derives from the Latin for eagle with the petals supposedly resembling an eagle’s...

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The diving Goosander – flora and fauna
Jun26

The diving Goosander – flora and fauna

An exciting yet reasonably regukar visitor to New Mills the Goosander is a medium-sized duck and a member of a group called the ‘sawbills’ because of their long, narrow bills with saw-like ‘teeth’ which are excellent for gripping fish, especially the brown trout found in the River Goyt. This long sleek, streamlined bird, is perfectly shaped for swimming after fish. Goosanders are gregarious birds, forming...

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Flora and fauna – the Guelder rose
Jun18

Flora and fauna – the Guelder rose

The Guelder Rose has a lacy, romantic looking creamy white flower with multiple little clusters of tiny flowers in the centre and a surrounding edge of larger five petalled flowers. Its delicate white appearance makes it easy to see why it inspired a traditional wedding song in Russia. Also known as dogberry, it has bunches of bright red berries in the autumn which are a favourite with mistle thrushes and bull finches. Often a sign of...

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Flora and fauna – Bird Cherry
May18

Flora and fauna – Bird Cherry

The midpoint of the Sett Valley trail is a perfect place to stop and savour the delights of the beautiful Bird  Cherry tree. A tree that loves to grow near water, there are several dotted around here in the wet woodland  and by the stream bank.  A particularly lovely one lies in the field by the public footpath leading up to Hayfield Road. At the moment...

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Flora and fauna – Wood anemone
May09

Flora and fauna – Wood anemone

This time of year the wood anemone is popping up all over New Mills. It’s thought to be a sure sign of ancient woodlands and also the Romans picked the first flowers of the season to ward off fevers The flowers come in shades of white, pink and purple and large swathes of them can be seen around Goytside...

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