Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Spot the Owl

In the tradition of the once popular Spot the Ball games here’s our very own variation Spot the Owl.

Can you spot the Barn Owl captured by iphone this afternoon near Newton Grange on the Tissington Trail? (Come back John F-S!)


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Feed the Birds!


A lot of hungry Blackbirds in our garden today. Hang on that’s not a Blackbird!

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Poorly Bat?

Does anyone know about bats? This was hanging on my wall this morning. Is it poorly? Should I do anything with it or just leave it alone? Fiona H

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The Great Parwich Bug Quiz

How many bugs and beasties can you name? (Slideshow may be slow to load especially with our village “broadband” ! )


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Part 2 click here  (more…)

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Watch Out!


Coming soon to a garden near you the Great Parwich Bug Quiz!


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Butterfly Reserve Open Day

Hoe Grange Quarry

The first Open Day for Derbyshire’s first Butterfly Reserve has been organised for Sunday the 23rd of July from 11 am to 3 pm. 

Members of Butterfly Conservation East Midlands, including Ray Walker (Hon Warden), Derek Brownlee (Hon Assistant Warden) together with Pat and Ken Orpe will be able to show visitors around this abandoned limestone quarry where already 24 species of butterflies have been recorded including Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus. It will also be possible to see the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site. 

Directions. From the cross road in the centre of Longcliffe village, proceed in a north westerly direction towards Slipper Low Farm and just after the brow of the first hill, take the first left, just before a bungalow, and then proceed down a limestone track and park by the entrance gates to the Nature Reserve at the end of the track (SK222562). 

Contact: Ken Orpe

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A Bug’s Life

British summer time officially starts tomorrow June 21st, and with such glorious sunshine over the last few day, perhaps 2017 is going to be a summer to remember. Some of our local photographers have been sending in sightings of insects found in the village, some are harder to identify than others. We wonderered how many different species we typically get in Parwich?

If you spot an unusual insect, why not take a photo and send it to, we will create a montage, it could be interesting to see how many species we share our lovely village with.


Image 1 By Saskia T

An almost perfect hexagonal cluster of tiny bright green eggs, each no more than 1 mm, on the underside of a red valerian leaf. Can anyone tell me what these will turn into? I’ve not managed to find the answer yet despite some googling. Thank you Saskia

Can anyone identify these?

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Image 6 Is another Broad-bodied chaser, it may be the female which is brown, the male is vibrant blue see JFS photo of the male from last weekBroad-bodied Chaser

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