Rivelin Valley Conservation Group
The mill dam still holds water and is a wildlife haven, despite being quite silted and heavily shaded. Some trees, such as Alder and Willow, grow in the water – a legacy of when the dam was more leaky. There is a small patch of Reedmace (Bulrush) near the far bank.
Ferns grow in the damp stonework, and in spring the white flowers of Wood Sorrel can be seen on the bank of the dam wall here and Golden Saxifrage beside the tail goit. Bluebells, Birch, Oak and Whitebeam grow on the slope above the dam opposite the overflow.
Stand on the bank for a few minutes and see how many birds you can identify – this is one of the best places in the valley for seeing a Kingfisher.
Upstream of the Swallow weir, Bluebells grow on the bank to the north of the path. High up on this steep bank, on the east side of the footpath that climbs up to the road, there is a coal seam about 15 inches thick, but it is now obscured by vegetation. The landslip down the bank here was caused by a tree growing high up on the cliff, which was blown over in gales.