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Nature and wildlife at Swallow Wheel

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.

Image of head of Swallow mill dam – trees grow within the dam.

Head of Swallow mill dam – trees grow within the dam, which is now heavily silted and shaded. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image of the Swallow head goit provides a good habitat for Hart’s-tongue fern.

The Swallow head goit provides a good habitat for Hart’s-tongue fern. Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016.

Image of Golden Saxifrage grows on the banks of the tail goit.

Golden Saxifrage growing on the banks of the Swallow tail goit. Photo: Sue Shaw, April 2015.

Image of a kingfisher at Swallow mill dam.

Kingfisher at Swallow mill dam. Photo: Mike Smith, January 2016.

Image of a heron at Swallow mill dam.

Heron at Swallow mill dam. Photo: Sue Shaw, August 2016.

Image of a natural water slide in the river near Swallow Wheel.

A natural water slide in the river near Swallow Wheel. Photo: Sue Shaw, January 2016.


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