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Where ever you live, you can find out how you MP voted on specific issues. However, as of this latest update (April 2011) there is some doubt as to whether some of these online services will be able to continue funding themselves. Use them while you have the opportunity!
Search for the voting record of the MP for your constituency:
Recycling in Matlock
Lots of information about recycling, composting etc. Enter your postcode to view a map showing convenient recycling locations.
The Derwent runs through Matlock - and sometimes over it! You can see the flood marker by the bridge in the Hall Lees Park. (more about flooding below)
The Derbyshire Peak Fringe and Lower Derwent (from around Chesterfield to the Amber Valley / Duffield) is classified as a 'Natural Area', although in the past mill owners dammed many of the small fast-flowing brooks running into Chesterfield (from the Eastern Moors of the Dark Peak), to generate their own water power, and to make small reservoirs. In these river and reservoir habitats, and some swampy patches, great crested newts, migrating waders and breeding and wintering wildfowl flourish, often feeding on the luxuriant pondweed.
The Derwent runs through a steep gorge between Matlock and Cromford, then widens once it reaches the shales, grit and sandstone towards Derby. The white-clawed crayfish is struggling for survival in the Derwent.
We have some wonderful rivers.
Other beautiful rivers nearby in the Peak District include the famous Dove, beloved of Isaac Walton and his friend Charles Cotton (whose book "The Compleat Angler" celebrates their days fishing in Dovedale) and the lesser known River Bradford, River Manifold and River Wye.
The Cromford Canal, flowing past Arkwright's Mill, is a very popular venue, with various visitor attractions. Carsington Reservoir, near Ashbourne, is our nearest reservoir, and there are fishing lakes in the area.
Please avoid standing or walking in Peak District rivers! It may seem like a strange request, but Crayfish plague has already virtually wiped out most of the best crayfish sites in the Peak District, and your boots (or your dog's fur) might be carrying the Crayfish plague.
Is your local river healthy?
Enter your postcode or town on the form provided to check the health of the Derwent - or any other river.
Flood risk in the Midlands
Am I at risk of Flooding?
Enter your postcode on this page to find out. Also a Flood Map showing the flood risk in your area.
Interesting local history of floods in Matlock
Interesting links ...
Water - it's amazing . . .
Natural England provides a downloadable leaflet showing all the SSSI's in the
White Peak, including the caves - all near to Matlock.
White Peak SSSIs, including Caves with Map and information
Caving is only allowed for members of the National Caving Association and allied clubs.
Climbing is not allowed in Lathkill Dale.
The Derbyshire Caving Association has plenty to go at around Matlock - our limestone landscape is riddled with caves - and sometimes mine-shafts too, so keep an eye on your children, and on where you put your own feet!
If you find yourself in a cave - for whatever reason - please don't dig! This strange request is because many of the caves are SSSIs. They are part of the 400 km of English cave passages (across 40 sites) now been designated as SSSIs. Digging in caves or mines could inadvertently damage rare plants, cover up important geological exposures, or disturb sediments which need to be left intact to reveal their valuable information on cave formation or archaeology.
Keep updated with Peak District Caving News w
Check the quality of the air!
The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve
The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve (NNR) - a part of the Peak District National Park - refers to Lathkill Dale and four related river valleys in the White Peak: Cressbrook Dale, Monk's Dale, Long Dale and Hay Dale. Matlock lies at the southwestern corner of this NNR.
This NNR has some of the best examples of wildlife and geology in the White Peak. The flower-rich, nutrient-poor, limestone grasslands are prized habitats - 40 different species may be growing in one single square metre of this grassland. Most of them are tough, low-growing and sometimes fragrant plants, like common rock rose, salad burnet, wild thyme, fairy flax, milkwort and mouse-ear hawkweed. More rare are Nottingham catchfly, Jacob's ladder and spring cinquefoil. In spring, the early purple orchids and cowslips are just wonderful!
There are also patches of unimproved neutral and marshy grassland, which attract grey partridges and brown argus and green hairstreak butterflies.
Our ever popular 'Dippers' - the chocolate-brown and white birds which you are likely to see bobbing up and down on a stone in the river - have, unfortunately, been disturbed during breeding by photography and other disturbances at a couple of sites in recent years.
Dippers are songbirds - the only songbird that can swim
Natural England has provided a free downloadable leaflet 'Dipper Nesting Sites: Advice for Photographers' to help protect them.
This area is also rich in fossils.
Also see: Fossils and Fossil Hunting in Derbyshire
The main walking trails in The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve are the Limestone Way and Monsal Trail. Sections of the National Cycle Network also serve the area. The reserve consists of five separate limestone valleys Lathkill, Cressbrook, Monk's, Long and Hay.
The Derbyshire Dales (NNR) is managed by English Nature's Peak District & Derbyshire Team.
A Living Landscape: Action Plans for The Peak District.
Plants & Geology of the Peak
A unique interactive guide to the natural and man-made landscape of the Derbyshire Peak District, from the British Geological Survey.
Sunrise: 05:03 GMT
Sunset: 20:14 GMT
Local Moon Rise and Moon Set Calendar, with phases of the moon.
WHAT CAUSES THE SEASONS?
A colourfully illustrated explanation.
AUTUMN . . .
Why do leaves change their colours?
5 day Local Weather Forecast
The Meteorological Office site offers Bakewell as the the nearest weather report for Matlock, but it actually relies upon the nearest observation site which is at Nottingham Watnall.
10 day Matlock Weather Forecast from uk.weather.com.
Detailed weather forecast, plus current conditions - with a useful 'feels like' temperature feature
From Harpur Hill Weather Station, Buxton Live weather reports.
Weather: General Interest & Homework help
Bitesize revision of weather.
TORRO: Tornado and Storm Research
When You Are the "I" of Your Storm
Some life storms have an "eye" as identifiable as that of a hurricane and as dangerous. Only the eye is not spelled "e-y-e"-it's spelled "I" says Hurricane Hunter David Jeremiah.
The Storm Chaser
"Real storm chasers don't drive right into the middle of an F-5 tornado to deploy their instruments. They keep a respectful distance-all storm chasers, that is, except one . . . " (another article by the Hurricane Hunter)
Some of the hottest, wettest, coldest and otherwise extreme places on earth
What good is it?
What causes them?
The Rainforest and our Weather?
How the destruction of the rainforest affects our weather!
Why does the wind make sounds?
Read and listen . . .
. . . or fish, or other amazing things!
Derbyshire Guide: An unofficial but highly informative website.
A comprehensive tourist and local information guide to Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park.
House Prices in Matlock - what prices do houses actually sell for in and around Matlock - in real life?
Genealogy & Local History - for Matlock & Matlock Bath
Steep Turnpike Evangelical Church
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