The Records of Wildlife in and around Buxton

On these pages we will be developing and growing our core body of records of the wildlife we have found in and around Buxton.

Wildlife records for the High Peak on iNaturalist

Our default means of recording wildlife observations is iNaturalist. This gives us maximum access to wildlife observations made across the whole High Peak area, and enables us to provide shortcuts in the form of ‘click-on’ buttons to ready-made, up-to-date searchable lists of different categories of wildlife in defined areas within the High Peak.

We have positioned these buttons within the following pages, as follows:

‘What we know so far’ page  with a button taking you to all observations within the High Peak area for the major categories of species of animals and plants

‘What we know so far’ page  with a button taking you to all observations within the Buxton area for the major categories of species of animals and plants, with separate buttons for search results for specific categories

‘Lightwood’ page  with a button taking you to all observations within the Lightwood Reservoir area for the major categories of species of animals and plants, with separate buttons for search results for specific categories

‘The Serpentine’ page  with a button taking you to all observations within the The Serpentine Walks area for the major categories of species of animals and plants, with separate buttons for search results for specific categories

This button takes you to all the iNaturalist observations within the Thornhill Carrs Nature Reserve (visit their website here). The reserve is a 30-hectare area of former farmland, situated on the east side of Win Hill, south of Ladybower Reservoir and above the River Derwent. What makes it truly special is its unmanaged wildness, a rarity in this region.  

‘Thornhill is a steep sided valley dominated by extensive hawthorn scrub and open glades. The reserve is important for summer bird migrants when you can hear blackcap, chiff chaff and willow warbler taking advantage of this ever rarer habitat. In July the site is rich in wildflowers which attract many species of bee, butterfly and hoverfly. It is a new site to DWT that we have managed since spring 2020, and we plan to take a new approach in its management allowing nature to dictate how the site evolves. We will have grazing animals on the site in very low numbers to keep the clearings open and keep the scrub and bramble in check.’

This page provides links to a rich, varied and developing host of existing lists of wildlife in and around Buxton which have been and are being  developed and maintained by our individual members and others, including Buxton-specific records on iNaturalist. The headings covered are:

High Peak wildlife currently recorded on iNaturalist

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust State if Nature Report 2021-22

Buxton Butterfly surveys

Buxton Species list

Buxton Wildlife Sites list

Buxton widlife currently recorded on iNaturalist

Species lists for Buxton wildlife sites

Historic Records

Over the Border

This button takes you to all the iNaturalist observations within the Danes Moss Nature Reserve. This is a historic peat bog and rare wildlife habitat which holds massive amounts of carbon in its soil. This place once extended across a thousand acres to the south of the Cheshire town of Macclesfield. After centuries of destruction by humans less than 500 acres remains of this former wilderness.

Now, Cheshire East Council  and others are planning a massive housing and retail development on 200 acres of the Moss.

The Save Danes Moss campaign aims to stop all of these catastrophic projects and imagine a positive future for Danes Moss as a restored wetland that gives vital space for wild creatures to survive, carbon dioxide to be removed from the atmosphere, and all the many benefits that come from giving people access to nature near their homes.