Flora and fauna – almost bobbing along

Since the middle of October our garden has been home for a one-footed robin; two legs but one foot, and I’ve no idea how it lost the other. It gets chucked mealworms and crumbs of cheddar from time to time and seems to do well on them, but does struggle perching, preferring to rest itself …

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New Proposal to Improve Accessibility

Pedal Forwards New Mills is a group of residents who believe that active transport (walking, cycling) can make New Mills a better place. The group came into being out of a passion for New Mills, the businesses, the people, the area, and a wish to explore how to better support local businesses and keep the …

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NMVC Engagement Worker Vacancy

Here’s an exciting opportunity to be part of the physical activity and wellbeing movement in New Mills. This new role is part of a project which aims to understand local needs, build people’s confidence and to highlight the benefits of moving more for an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. The Engagement Worker will be joining the …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 these trees are covered in clusters of creamy blossom which have a powerful scent of almonds.  Eventually the tree will develop black berries. Like most plants it had a range of uses in the past: its bark was once used to ward off the plague and its berries to dye wool. PC

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