Flora and fauna : mining bees
Apr24

Flora and fauna : mining bees

Spring has well and truly sprung here in New Mills with the surrounding fields and hedgerows now blossoming. This along with the excellent weather recently has brought out some very busy bees. There is no mistaking the tawny mining bee: a honeybee-sized ginger species with a thick orange coat and a black face. They feast on shrubs ranging from willow, hawthorn and blackthorn (varieties we have planted in our recent tree...

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Kinder Scout
Mar16

Kinder Scout

Our friend Alan Howarth at Kinder Mountain Rescue has recently been doing some work on analysing the Kinder MRT callout data. Where people walk on Kinder, what the most popular routes are and if possible, where people struggle with their navigation. Having looked around for data he hit on the Strava Global Heatmap. This is an anonymous collection of all Strava users route data, combined to show both the individual routes and where the...

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Flora and fauna – the Pixie Cup
Feb15

Flora and fauna – the Pixie Cup

Who would have thought that literally hours after the coldest weekend for many years today you would be walking in lovely Spring sunshine admiring everything that mother nature has to show. If you look closely (very closely) at the miles of dry stone walls in and around New Mills you will find what is often referred to as a Pixie Cup in amonst the mosses and lichens. It is itself part of the lichen family with many varieties of...

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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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