breath when you reach the houses. You'll notice the wooden sign pointing
back down towards Matlock Bath but you want to turn to the left, walk
through the cottages and head towards the wooden gate.
butterfly (Inachis Io)
of the walk takes you through luscious woodlands. The hedgerows are teaming
with wildlife. Depending upon what time of year you're here you'll see
plenty of birds, butterflies and possibly, if you're around at dusk, a
few of Derbyshire's resident bats.
The two species
of bat you're most likely to bump into here are the Daubenton's and Pipistrelle
We took a walk through time on Otober 16th.
Take a look at the pictures.
bat is a medium-sized species. It's suited to this area mainly because
of the nearby River Derwent. It's a steady flyer, often seen skimming
within a few centimetres of the water's surface and is reminiscent of
a small hovercraft.
bats feast on insects close to the water surface. They have been seen
taking prey directly from the water surface, using their large feet as
a gaff or the tail membrane as a scoop. Daubenton's bats fly at about
15mph. Generally they eat small flies, midges, Caddis flies and Mayflies.
wildlife you can look out for on your walk
- Carpet moths, Hawkmoths, Yellow Underwing, Magpie moths and Dark
- Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Skippers, small Coppers, small Heath,
Speckled Wood (summer varieties). Brimstone, Orange Tip, Common Blues
and Holly Blues (spring varieties).
Insects: Crickets, Ground Beetle, Violet Beetle, Shield Bugs,
Plant Hoppers and Dung Beetles
furry creatures roost in trees and tunnels, bridges, caves and mines -
another reason they're particulary suited to this area.
At this stage
of the walk the route zig zags through the woods and as well as the birds
and bugs you can do a bit of tree and plant spotting.
like to start a plant detective scrap book, picking up leaves and finding
out later which tree or plant they belong to.
Or why not take
a camera so you can capture some of different butterflies, birds and berries
and then find out what they are when you get home?