Refugee's picture

Limestone habitat

We have Jackdaws at Creswell Craggs and rooks a mile or so away. The Jackdaws often spar with the rooks over the village in winter and spring. There is both north and south facing cliffs with all the lime loving ferns on the north facing side and Knapweed and many others on the south facing side. In the middle there is the pond with all the action if you are there when a goose lands on the pond and rouses the native mute swans in the nesting season. In the summer the Comfrey Hums with bees with all the body markings you will ever see in one place. In the spring we have the Prunus up over the top with many early butterflies. You can poke a camera far enough into the caves for the mosses and ferns without a guided tour if you are not into history. You will need to lug a heavy battery if you want to look for bats though. Those night cams are pretty hungry!



Gemma Gregory's picture

Hi Simon Thanks for your

Hi Simon

Thanks for your wonderful description of the wildlife of the Bolsover magnesian limesone habitats. It really is a special area isn't it?

Have you heard of the Limestone Journeys project, which is doing some great work with local communities in the Bolsover area to help them to understand the fantastic habitats and wildlife on their doorstep, especially at Creswell Crags. Check out their website if you haven't seen it:, or follow them on Twitter: @LJourneys

Keep your wildlife observations coming in to iSpot!


Refugee's picture


It was the boat house cave that was humming. As it was indeed doing something abnormal i investigated it.
The culprits were Drone-Flies house hunting for winter quarters.
If you want a noisy day out in the country it is when Graylag Geese have landed on the pond in the Mute Swan nesting season. They are very vocal when they protest about eviction notices!