1. Hawthorn Shield Bug
One of many brightly coloured, largely plant-
2. Pill Millipede
Not to be confused with the similarly-
3. Ivy Berries
Really a climbing shrub. Contrary to popular belief, ivy isn’t a parasite and doesn't kill trees, merely using them as support.
4. Peacock Butterfly
The eye markings are thought to startle potential predators, such as birds. This one of several butterflies which hibernate in the adult state.
A surprisingly colourful bird with its iridescent plumage. A communal species, famous for the spectacular mass aerial gyrations, called murmurations, at roosting time.
6. Berries of Wild Arum, Cuckoo Pint, Lords and Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit This has probably more alternative common names than any other wild British plant. The brightly coloured berries are extremely poisonous.
7. Southern Hawker Dragonfly
This is probably the most common of the larger dragonflies. Like its relatives, it demonstrates astounding agility in the air and is a formidable predator of other insects, which are caught on the wing.
8. Male Mallard -
Although the most common of our wild such species, the mallard is one of the most beautifully coloured -
9. Eggs of a Slug
I think in the popularity stakes, slugs would come top of the list with most people. However, slug eggs, laid in the soil or under stones and logs, resemble pearls.
10. Female Orange-
A butterfly on the wing in spring and early summer. Only the male has the orange tips to the wings. Both sexes have an intricate mossy pattern on the undersurfaces of the wings.
11. Shaggy Ink-
Like other ink-
13. Male Catkins of Goat Willow
Male and female flowers grow on separate trees. In early spring, the catkins develop -
14. Blue Tit
The males and females of this attractive and common garden bird look identical.
15. Ringlet Butterfly
Another butterfly with eye markings, only on the undersides of the wings. The upper surfaces are a plain dull brown.
One of the many bracket fungi, growing on tree stumps and logs. In close-
17. Common Frog
An animal which is much less common than it was, due to the disappearance of field ponds as a result of the intensification of agriculture. Garden ponds have proved to be a lifeline for it.
18. Creeping Thistle
The most common of thistles, this is a much maligned ‘weed’ of agricultural land. However, the flowers, really attractive in close-
19. Berries of Hawthorn
The most common shrub making up field hedges, the bright red berries, ‘haws', being an important food for birds in winter.
A member of the thrush family, often to be seen around the rivers and streams of the Peak District. Its name comes from its habit of bobbing up and down while perched on a boulder of log. Periodically it dives under the water in search of insects and other small prey.