Wildlife Sightings – October-December 2021

Autumn can be such a beautiful season, and the weather in our area can certainly bring surprises. Whilst October was relatively benign, I think everyone was surprised by the heavy snowfall at the end of November. Combined with some stunning sunrises at the same time, many local residents captured some lovely views of our surrounding […]

Species List 2021

These are all the species recorded by our members in 2021. You can read about all of these in our various quarterly blogs (see our Wildlife Blogs page for the complete set). Do keep sending us your sightings, whether common or rare. We’d like to celebrate the wonderful wildlife in our local area. You can […]

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust “Beavers are Back” – TDEG Meeting 24 November 2021

We had an excellent whole group meeting with Kate Lemon (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust) on 24 November, focusing on the return of Beavers to Derbyshire. Kate explained this challenging project to reintroduce this native species to the DWT Willington Wetlands nature reserve in the south of the county. She also highlighted the wildlife and habitat benefits […]

A little bit of untidiness can go a long way

On a crisp, sunny winter’s day, it is hard to beat a bit of tidying up in the garden. It gets us outside, it feels like we’re achieving something, and we are getting the garden ready for the start of spring. But there is now lots of evidence that suggests we can do more for […]

Swap, don’t Shop – 20 November 2021

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped, donated and swapped at our ‘Swap, don’t Shop’ event at the St. John’s Institute last Saturday.  It was a great success and it was lovely to chat to people, drink coffee, and eat cake (thank you to all our bakers and cake […]

Was COP26 a Cop-out?

So it’s all over – for another year. The United Nations 26th `Conference of the Parties` on climate change, hosted by the United Kingdom and Italy, and held in Glasgow, has now finished. So did it achieve anything or was it just so much “greenwash”. At the start of the COP26, we were told these […]

TDEG Newsletter – November 2021

Dear TDEG Members – Our TDEG News for November includes our next meeting `Beavers are Back` on 24 November, as well as updates about our `Swap, don’t shop` event on 20 November, and all the latest news from our project groups. The colder months are upon us and, as we switch on our central heating, […]

TDEG Newsletter September 2021

I can’t believe it’s September already – where did the summer go?! I hope you all managed to get a bit of a break, even if you couldn’t fly abroad for a sunny summer holiday. Like many of you, we holidayed in the UK and had a great time exploring different towns and coastlines, and […]

Wildlife Sightings – July-September 2021

Your sightings have continued to come in – shared on our TDEG Facebook page or by email. Many thanks! We’ve also had our first TDEG Summer Wildlife Walks programme – so we’ve things to report from those events as well. As ever, the list of species below just adds to those already seen during the […]

Encouraging Bats in our Gardens

  Going Wild – How can we encourage more bats in our gardens? When we first came to Tideswell (25 years ago), I can remember sitting at the top of our back garden on late summer evenings (possibly with a drink in hand) and watching bats flying around our houses. Lovely to see. Sadly, we […]