nature + wildlife in the Peak District

As a walker I not only love the beautiful scenic views in the Peak District but I have a passion for nature and wildlife. It’s wonderful walking in the different seasons and seeing the nature change around me, from the purple heather that comes to life in August to the Mountain Hares, changing colour during the winter months.

Here I will be sharing my photos of nature and wildlife from my walks – I’ll add the walks or location for each photo and will also include other known places that you might see them too.

I’ll be adding to this page during my walks but feel free to get in touch if you have a question and I’ll try to help.

plants + flowers

Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid

Photo from the Monsal Trail near Litton Tunnel – the orchids flower mostly during June and July

Bell Heather and views of Curbar Edge

Bell Heather

Taken on Baslow Edge but Bell Heather is widely found across the Peak District, especially Derwent Edge. It begins to come out in July but for a purple explosion August is the best time to see it.

Cottongrass on the plateau of Kinder Scout


Blowing in the breeze on Kinder Plateau, you’ll see on moorlands and also damp areas!

Chrome Hill walk through gorse bush


Walking towards Chrome Hill, this spiky plant is pretty but you don’t want to fall in it! The flowers have a lovely coconut scent too.

Foxglove flower


Saw these along the River Derwent but you’ll see in lots of places. Important note – they are poisonous!

Harebell Flower


Mistaken for a bluebell but this purple flower appears later in the summer months. Spotted loads on my Wolfscote Dale walk.

fungi + lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen

Look out for these on shaded rocks as you’re walking along, can be spotted on lots of walks, I saw these growing on a path from Elton.

Red Wax Cap Mushroom

Red Wax Cap Mushroom

Again mushrooms can be spotted in most shaded/wooded areas in the Peak District, but strangly this one was at the top of Lose Hill.

wildlife + birds



Spotted on the moorlands above Dovestone Reservoir but you’ll spot (or hear) grouse in most moorland areas, for example, on the Kinder Plateau and Bleaklow.

Highland Cows on Curbar Edge Peak District

Highland Cow

Near Baslow Edge, the cows are often found around this area.

Mountain Hare on Kinder Scout

Mountain Hare

Kinder Plateau – there are lots of wild Mountain Hares on the moorlands of Kinder Scout Plateau and Bleaklow

Deer under a tree

Red Deer

Longshaw Estate – there’s a herd of about 170 deer on the Longshaw Estate, as well as more deer in other parts of the Peak District, including The Roaches and Goyt Valley.