DERBYSHIRE: Wildlife Trust’s branch organise summer walks

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One of the best ways to spend a summer evening is to go for a walk looking at wildlife, and the Wye and Upper Derwent Group of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trusthave a series of walks to enable you to do just that.

The first walk on Monday, June 10, will be a visit to Cressbrook Dale, one of the five valleys which make up the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. The Dale is renowned for its beautiful limestone scenery and diverse flora, and plants found there include mountain pansy and lead tolerant plants such as spring sandwort. The walk will be lead by Sue Weatherley of the Wye and Upper Derwent Group.

The next walk takes place on Monday, June 24, and is a visit to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Miller’s Dale. This is a brilliant place to see limestone flowers including several orchid species and will be lead by Julia Gow, Reserves officer for the Trust. The reserve is also a haven for insects including butterflies and the quarry face provides nest sites for several interesting birds.

The last walk, on Monday, July 15, is a visit to the Eastern Moors, the area of the Peak District which is now managed by a joint partnership between the RSPB and the National Trust. The area includes a variety of habitats including heather moorland, acid grassland, blanket bog and woodland and is a SSSI. With its varied wildlife including adders and red deer, this walk led byKim Strawbridge, senior warden, should be fascinating.

Please note that the walks in Cressbrook Dale and Miller’s Dale do include paths that are steep and rocky in places. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn for all walks, and they all start at 7pm. They are all free and open to everyone, but booking is essential. Contact George Wolfe, secretary of the Wye and Upper Derwent Group on 01433 631308.