We hope you all managed to stay cool and hydrated during the hot spell over the last few weeks, we’re certainly looking forward to a bit of cooler weather!
To start off what you’ve spotted over the last fortnight we have the Common Lizard in the High Peak which can shed its tail to distract a predator and regrow it later. Next has to be one of our most recognisable mammals and the gardener’s best friend, the European Hedgehog which seen near Belper. To the north in the High Peak a Water Shrew, which is one of the few mammals in the world to have a venomous bite, which it uses for hunting, was also spotted. From our largest shrew we move on to our largest falcon, the Peregrine, which can reach speeds of 200mph when diving on a hunt, which was seen near Heanor as was the Buzzard, another bird of prey who also uses diving but instead for attracting a mate.