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Nature and wildlife at new Wheel

The mill dam is now mainly dry, apart from a stream running through to the overflow, and there are some quite large Alder, Ash, Oak and Sycamore trees – all developed over the last 75 years or so. Look out for Celandine, Enchanter’s Nightshade, Golden Saxifrage and Himalayan Balsam in the ground flora.

Between the path and the river is an extensive stand of an introduced garden species, Lesser Periwinkle, the blue flowers of which can be seen in spring and early summer. There is also a lot of Privet and Ground Elder in this area.

The damp walls of the head goit provide a good habitat for Hart’s Tongue Fern and at the river’s edge near the weir is a stand of Pendulous Sedge. A little further upstream Wood Melick and Yellow Archangel can be found on the bank on the north side of the path.

Dippers and Grey Wagtails are often seen along this shallow stretch of the river.

Image of the drained mill dam.

The drained mill dam is well-wooded and has a stream flowing through. It is hard to imagine that it was used as a swimming pool in the early twentieth century! Photo: Sue Shaw, March 2015.

Image of Bluebells.

Bluebells growing on the river bank near the New Dam weir (Rivelin Chair Sculpture behind). Photo Sue Shaw, May 2016.

Image of Golden Saxifrage

Golden Saxifrage provides some early spring colour at New Dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2016.

Image of Wood Melick.

Wood Melick (a grass) can be seen beside the path on the bank just upstream of the New Dam weir. Photo: Sue Shaw, May 2015.

Image of ferns

Ferns growing in shady, damp conditions in the New Dam head goit. Photo: Sue Shaw, July 2016.

Image of Ground Elder.

Ground elder is quite common along the trail at New Dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, July 2016.

Image of Grey wagtails.

Grey wagtails can often be seen along the stretch of river near New Dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, February 2016.

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