Buxton Field Club - Environments section

How to use this site

The website is structured under the following headings, as shown in the Main Menu, with links through dropdown menus and submenus to pages on the subjects as described below.

We do not attempt to include everything in this website but we do make full and extensive use through links to a host of other excellent websites and sources of information who  detail and expertise on the appropriate subjects, such as; e.g. Wikipedia, RSPB, iNaturalist, iRecord.

Our aim is to entertain, interest and inspire you to explore the vast resources available.

Walks and talks

Joining Buxton Field Club

What we do


How to use this site

Our campaigns and events

How to find out more

How to be a friend to wildlife

Where we gather together and share some more general information and our members’ blogs and essays, ideas and opinions, stories, poems, songs, and galleries of their photos, videos and art. These are gathered under the following pages.

Buxton Field Club: Background and history

Field Club Walks on the Wild Side

The Blog Spot: blogs by BFC members, such as Mark Cocker’s blog and Vic’s Diary, and links to other interesting blogs on the living world

The Galleries: photo, video and art galleries from our members

Telling Stories: the telling of stories about wild life and wild places in the High Peak

The Sounds: links to videos and soundfiles of birdsong, etc, recorded by members

The Network: Other wildlife groups and organisations

The Bookshelf: a list of books that we think are well-written, interesting and informative on the living world but which do not fit neatly into the lists of specialised references that we give in our other pages on Joining in, The Living World or The Wildlife Places

The BFC Newsletter: link to read the stories, essays, poems and ideas in the BFC Newsletter, up to its final edition in March 2022

Identifying and recording the wildlife we have in and around Buxton, whether as ad hoc individual observations or on walks during organised surveys and bioblitzes, is a core part of the Club’s activities. We have established a Records Sub-group, led by Jonathan Mortin, Steve Orridge and Mark Cocker, to develop our work in this area and get more members involved. Go to this section to find out more about: 

How to identify, record and carry out surveys of wildlife

The records of wildlife in and around Buxton

What we know so far about wildlife, plantlife and biodiversity in the High Peak

This is where we explore the rich variety animal and plant species that you can find in the High Peak and further afield.

First, we lay the ground of the varieties of life we cover. We open the paths for you to explore the different forms of wildlife and plantlife, their relationships in the evolutionary web of life and their relative abundance in terms of biodiversity.

The Living World: the varieties of life

The Living World: Wildlife, plantlfe and biodiversity in the High Peak

Find out more about wildlife and plantlife species in the High Peak: grouped under the following pages


Bird species that you can expect to find in the High Peak, plus links to guidance and websites that will help you explore the fascinating world of birds in depth, including how to identify them by sight and by their songs and calls.


The many species of mammals and the 8 orders that those species are grouped under, and those species that you may see in the High Peak if you know where to look.

Reptiles and amphibians

Snakes, lizards and slow worms. Frogs, toads and newts.


Trout, dace, bullheads and sticklebacks.


Insects, spiders, centipedes and millipedes. Crayfish and shrimps. Slugs and snails. Earthworms, nematodes and flatworms. And many more.


Trees, wildflowers, grasses, sedges and rushes. Ferns, horsetails and club mosses. Mosses, liverworts and hornworts. And algae.


Mushrooms with pores, mushrooms with gills, mushrooms with false gills, coral fungi and tooth fungi.  Crust fungi and bracket fungi, jelly fungi, puffballs and stinkhorns, sac fungi. Mycelial networks and their intimate relationship with plants. The woodwide web.


Crustose lichens, foliose lichens, fruticose and cladonia lichens. The symbiosis between fungi and algae.

Slime Moulds

Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes) used to be classified as fungi but now they are grouped with the mainly single celled organisms (such as Amoeba) known as Protists. Slime moulds can exist as single cells but are also known to combine together into large aggregations for feeding and reproduction.

Wildlife exists in habitats specific to its nature and needs. Habitats exist because of the wildlife that inhabits and/or acts (and interacts) within them.

The ‘tree of life’ is actually more like a tangled, branching and fusing and evergrowing jungle  or scrubland of life. A network, a webwork of webs in the 3 dimensions of space and the 4th dimension of time.

This page leads you into an exploration of that webwork of habitats and wildlife within and around Buxton (and beyond as the interest takes us – nature knows no boundaries).

Wildlife places in Buxton and the High Peak

We show you where to find wildlife and plantlife in Buxton and the High Peak. A developing list of wildlife places around Buxton and the nature of the habitats and key species we can expect to find there.

Wildlife and habitats

We look at the relationships between wildlife, plantlife and the places they survive and thrive – their habitats and environments. Together these make up the amount and variety of life – the biodiversity – we expect to find in particular environments and habitats.

Wilding, Rewilding and Regeneration in the High Peak

We examine what these and similar terms mean, and we show you some examples of the wilding, rewilding and regeneration work taking place in the High Peak, such as at Sunart Fields near Whaley Bridge, Thornhill Carr near Bamford and The Serpentine in Buxton.

Habitats and biodiversity elsewhere

We look at some of the interesting places for wildlife and plantlife in this country and around the world that members of Buxton Field Club have been to and shared with us. This will include: Seashores

Finding your way around the site and exploring

There are several ways to find your way around this website. You can either to go directly to the pages you want or you can wander and browse along new and unfamiliar pathways. You can mix and match these to explore as far as you want in the way you want, yet always be able to find your way back to start another adventure.

When you go to the Menu headings at the top of the page you can hover your cursor or finger over them to reveal the submenus and, via them, sub-submenus. Clicking on these will take you directly to the relevant pages and sub-pages.

Within pages you will find several sorts of links:

  • Headings that, when you hover over them, turn from a white background to a blue background in a green border. These are links you can click on to take you to a sub-page on that subject.
  • Labelled green Buttons, referred to in the accompanying text or tables, that turn blue when you hover over them. These will take you to the location on the site referred to.
  • Labelled green Buttons with solid borders: On various pages within the sections on The Records, The Living World and The Wildlife Places you will find buttons with solid borders that will take you to up-to-date records of wildlife as recorded on the iNaturalist website. For these buttons to work properly you will need to be registered and logged into iNaturalist. This is a free and extremely useful app. See our ‘How to record wildlife’ page for more information and tips on how to use it.
  • Photos that, when you hover over them, show a double lined border. These are links you can click on to take you to a page on that subject.
  • Text and names of organisations and weblinks highlighted in bold blue that turn bold green when you hover over them. Click on these and they open up a new tab and take you to the relevant page of an external website, such as RSPB or a Wikipedia entry, as referred to in the text.

There is also a Search box at the very top of the page.

On various pages within the sections on The Records, The Living World and The Wildlife Places you will find buttons with solid borders that will take you to up-to-date records of wildlife as recorded on the iNaturalist website. For these buttons to work properly you will need to be registered and logged into iNaturalist. This is a free and extremely useful app. See our ‘How to record wildlife’ page for more information and tips on how to use it.

Helping to grow the site

The website is an ongoing work in progress, and the pages will be built up and expanded over time. 

You will see the following text or similar on many of the pages at this early stage in our development:

Under development. Contributions from BFC members welcome. Watch this space.

As we develop the site together and grow it with your help, then these will gradually be removed.

If you are a member of BFC and have the time, you can contribute anything – stories, essays, articles, poems, photos, videos, drawings, paintings, nature recordings, music or songs. The only limitation we put on is that they have to be relevant to the Club’s interests in nature and biodiversity, and to be yours to share (copyright will remain with you and full accreditation will be given).

We need your help to ensure the website pages and the information they contain are useful, accurate and interesting. So please, if you have any identification tips, images that show typical features of a species or a habitat (or just show how beautiful they are), or comments and feedback on existing pages, or links to websites that you think will be useful or interesting on any of the pages, do let us know by emailing us using the Contact Form.

Send us your content and we’ll format it and upload to the website. Please let us know beforehand if you’d like to do this, so that we can ensure there is no duplication of effort.