Rivelin Valley Conservation Group
The small Upper Coppice mill dam is silted, overgrown and well shaded, but there is a distinct stream flowing through it. In 2002 the RVCG introduced a small amount of open water to the dam by digging a pond in the centre and cleaning out around the overflow. The overflow itself was also raised and bricked up to divert the water across to the wheel pit. This raised the water level by around four inches but the mud has since slid forward and nearly filled the dam again.
Just downstream from here is the deep pool used for years by local youths for jumping into the river and swimming. Here something of the geology of the area can be seen. The thick beds of resistant sandstone like the one forming the waterfall (Heyden Rock) alternate with softer shales which are easily eroded and in which the deep pool is formed.
Birds recorded in this area include Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Great spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper.
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