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Deep Dale, England

Deep Dale ©  Ray Woods

Deep Dale © Ray Woods

Deep Dale is a magnificent limestone dale located in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Its importance for wildlife has been recognised by official designations as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The grassland at Deep Dale is lightly grazed by cattle, which helps to maintain the special flora. The dale sides are steeply sloping and are rich in wild flowers. The reserve is also home to a large number of butterfly species including green hairsteak, dingy skipper and dark green fritillary.

How Natural Networks is helping.

28 volunteers of the Natural Networks took part in several activities as clearing scrub along a dry stone wall to enable the wall to be re-built, preparing a walk leaflet, training for Wildflowers Count. They could not have seen it at a better time: a sea of yellow rockrose, meadow buttercup, Aquilegias and orchids the reserve drew gasps of admiration.