Walk with the wildlife experts

A free guided walk through wildflower-rich hay-meadows and the chance to search for the elusive Ratty is on offer next week.

There will be a guided walk on Monday, July 4 in the Bletch Brook Valley, between Parwich and Tissington.

Peak District National Park ecologists and experts from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will lead the walk, looking out for rare species including the water vole, known as Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows.

One of the UK’s most threatened species, the water vole has disappeared from 90 per cent of sites it occupied over the last 60 years. But it does survive in pockets of the Peak District National Park – one of them the Bletch Brook Valley.

The two-hour walk starts from two meeting places, both at 6.30pm on July 4: outside the Sycamore Inn, Parwich, and in front of Hand’s Well, Tissington.

There is no need to book. Dogs should be on leads.