Rivelin Valley Conservation Group
The open water of the mill dam is partly colonised by Water Horsetails, but at least once every two years the encroaching vegetation is cut back to keep it clear for the fishermen. Weeping Willows on the far bank skim the water surface and the huge Beech trees along the dam wall provide rich autumnal colours.
This is one of the few places where Coot, Mallard and Moorhen all nest successfully – May/June is a good time to see the chicks and spot the differences between them. The wide and shallow stretch of river below the dam is popular with Grey Wagtails and Dippers. Kingfishers are also regularly sighted.
On the south side of the path just upstream of the Walkley Bank Tilt weir, look out for some shrubs, including Dogwood, Laurel and Wild Cherry, which were probably planted.
On a bend in the river just downstream of the mill dam, there is a steep wooded bank on the north-west side of the river. Here there are several large Oaks at the top the bank - a favourite early morning haunt for the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Brambles, ferns, ivy and liverworts grow on the damp rocky outcrop.