Rivelin Valley Conservation Group
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.