Lightwood, on the North-East edge of Buxton. Once a reservoir, now a key mosaic of habitats for local wildlife.

Wildlife places in Buxton and the High Peak

Buxton Wildlife Habitats Map

Buxton Wildlife Sites map (Jon Mortin, Feb 2024)

The above map was developed by Jon Mortin of the Buxton Field Club Reporting Group to show the wildlife habitat sites in Buxton and the immediate area. Brief details of these sites are given in the accompanying list below. It should be noted that many of these sites are not currently open to public access and the permission of the landowner must be obtained before entering. In all cases, the Countryside Code must be followed and proper respect paid to the sites and its wildlife.

The map will continue to be developed by the Recording Group and updated versions will be posted here.

Buxton Wildlife Habitat Site Lists

The Recording Group are developing a  list of the wildlife sites in and  immediately around Buxton (currently standing at 48 sites, with more to come). This list goes with the map and will be developed and updated in the coming months and years. You can find a downloadable copy of the current version by clicking on the button below. 

Maps of habitats

DEFRA provides an incredibly useful (and free) interactive map which you can use to identify nature sites of a whole range of designations (SSSI, SAC, NNR, etc) and their priority, throughout the country.  This is the DEFRA Magic Map Application, which can be found at https://magic.defra.gov.uk/magicmap.aspx

Buxton Wildlife Sites: a selection from the list

More information and links to species lists, etc, can be found by clicking on the headings for each site. We are developing and will continue to develop these pages.

For the buttons with solid borders 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.

Habitat description:

A gritstone valley bordering moorland, comprising a mix of natural woodland, rough pasture and scrub, with a stream, channelised in its lower half where it was the overflow for the former Hogshaw Reservoir, and a series of ponds in the bed of the former reservoir. A rich and biodiverse habitat with numerous species of birds, flowers and insects. 

A selection of up-to-date lists on iNaturalist of observations of wildlife categories in the Serpentine area can be accessed through the Lightwood page.

Click the button to go to our photo gallery of the large variety of mosses and liverworts to be found in Lightwood.

Habitat description:

One of the nine woodlands in Buxton that are owned and managed by Buxton Civic Association. It lies just to the south of Lightwood.

Habitat description:

A limestone valley running between and industrial estate, quarry workings, rough pasture, farmland and woodland. The valley is dry most of the year, and comprises a mix of natural woodland, rough pasture, grassland and scrub. A rich and biodiverse habitat with numerous species of birds, flowers and insects. 

Photogallery of the mosses and liverworts we have found in Cunningdale being prepared.

Habitat description:

A mix of parkland trees and semi natural woodland, herbaceous planting and amenity grassland, with small wildflower areas and boggy zones that have been more naturally managed.

A selection of up-to-date lists on iNaturalist of observations of wildlife categories in the Serpentine area can be accessed through The Serpentine page.

Click the button to go to our photo gallery of the large variety of mosses and liverworts to be found in The Serpentine

Habitat description:

Corbar Woods are one of the nine woodlands in Buxton that are owned and managed by Buxton Civic Association. They contain the only semi-natural ancient woodlands in Buxton, and have the remains of popular and fashionable Victorian Walks, probably designed by Sir Joseph Paxton.

The dominant tree species are beech, sycamore and ash, with yew, pine and silver birch.

Click on this button to go to our photo gallery of the mosses and liverworts found in Corbar Woods

Habitat description:

Cowlow is on the north-west edge of Combs Moss, below Castle Naze. It is siliceous grassland, and has a good range of moss and liverwort species, which you can view in a photo gallery by Helen Waterman, our own bryophyte expert, on this age.