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SimonRL

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Posted: 07/06/2011 12:21:22
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Have seen an otter, frogs and a few eels - but never fish!

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Posted: 07/06/2011 12:46:16
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Curiously I have seen eels quite a few times and oddly even a trout in a mine Smile IP: 92.40.253.77
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Posted: 07/06/2011 12:53:14
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I've seen trout in both Cromford and Magpie soughs, we'll not talk about the dead ducks and seagulls in one branch of the former....

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Posted: 07/06/2011 14:45:47
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Found a newt deep underground once... wasn't sure whether to rescue it or not, hard to tell how happy or otherwise a newt is! IP: 86.146.60.96
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Posted: 07/06/2011 14:48:36
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Was it very small?

Minew...

I'll get me coat...

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Posted: 07/06/2011 15:08:18
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Bri found trout in a lead mine at Grinton - god alone knows how they got up there. I had a bird fly at great speed between my legs a couple weeks ago, again at Grinton.

Accidentally stumbled upon this one a while back. Don't suppose I or many other people will be able to much better it.

DCRO were asked to go to the help of a six week old calf which had fallen into old mine workings. Local cavers had already been down at the request of the farmer and reported the animal to be alive. A DCRO team of a dozen attended and in an operation lasting nearly four hours they successfully brought the animal to the surface.
The calf was either very lucky or very skilful. It jumped an initial 4 metres or so down the mine entrance. Then it ignored the first underground shaft on offer in favour of descending the next (5 metres) - wisely without making use of a rather dangerous iron ladder. Now gaining in confidence it made its way to the top of the next pitch (21 metres) which it descended rapidly and again without using a rope cleverly avoiding terminal velocity with the little used (and rarely successful) ricochet method. One more adrenaline hit descending a final 9 metre pitch and it found a side passage in which to make itself comfortable while it tried to work out how to get back up. It is now believed to be looking for a good caving club. Any offers?


http://derbyshirecro.org.uk/call_outs.html

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Posted: 07/06/2011 15:23:11
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simonrl wrote:

Was it very small?

Minew...

I'll get me coat...


Took me a minute to work that out (no pun intended)... waste of a minute I reckon :D
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Posted: 07/06/2011 15:39:25
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what species of newt was it cat?

so far ive seen a (presumably soon to die) plant or tree seedling -
near the entrance but in complete darkness nonetheless. perhaps it was a nut buried by a squirrel?
and also a pair of Ink Cap fungi (Coprinus)
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Posted: 07/06/2011 16:56:45
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I've had a tawny owl fly out of a shaft above our heads and do several circuits of us before heading off down the tunnel- when you're within a foot or so of a rather panicked owl they're really rather intimidating, they've got big talons!!
Shocked

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Posted: 07/06/2011 17:02:42
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Psilocybintheredunit wrote:

what species of newt was it cat?


Your bog-standard Common Newt I believe but I am no expert!
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Posted: 07/06/2011 18:24:49
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Ive seen otters, a fox, fish and fresh water shrimp, the latter two species of which were albino's, oh and meditarianian honets big mamas flying after me as I legged it out of a cave in Crete Oh My God (and the usual moths and calcified mosi's and flies) IP: 94.3.119.147
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Posted: 07/06/2011 19:28:23
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Otters, rabbits, fish, newts, tadpoles, bats, owl, snake, worms, ants, frogs, mice, ducks, moths, spiders and an albino frog that's been in the one place for years - no idea what he gets to eat though.

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Posted: 07/06/2011 19:53:23
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frogs in ystrad einon

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/photo/Ystrad-Einion-Lead-Mine-User-Album-Image-62072/

and a bat in a mine





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Posted: 07/06/2011 20:59:29
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Regularly saw bats, mice and a frog or two at Honister. Don't suppose sheep count but they've been seen well inside at times. Once met a fox strolling out of drift at Mainband (Sunday morning)where there were also frogs - but no mice. IP: 217.39.84.50
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Posted: 07/06/2011 21:04:47
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O.K. deepest Frog?
To you rockchic Thumb Up
O. G.
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Posted: 07/06/2011 21:10:51
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owd git wrote:

O.K. deepest Frog?
To you rockchic Thumb Up
O. G.


Which would be this little fellow:


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However.... I seem to remember that we found a frog at the bottom of Brewery Shaft (300 and sumfink ft) though I don't have a photo so it probably didn't happen...

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Posted: 07/06/2011 21:12:33
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owd git wrote:

O.K. deepest Frog?
To you rockchic Thumb Up
O. G.


Found frogs at the bottom of Brewery Shaft. 328ft.
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Posted: 07/06/2011 23:19:54
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I once saw an otter quite happily living in a Welsh slate mine IP: 91.125.215.62
SimonRL

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Posted: 07/06/2011 23:23:50
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RichardLevett wrote:

I once saw an otter quite happily living in a Welsh slate mine


Otterly amazing Smile

Sorry, had to be done...

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Posted: 07/06/2011 23:33:38
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Godstone Main Series has a resident population of probably millions of earthworms which have been happily digesting and redigesting over and over again the same lot of mushroom compost since the 1930s. Does the taste change after each meal?

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