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Wildlife Guardians

The Wildlife Guardians project aims to engage local people of all ages with the wildlife of the Lower Derwent Valley. This will be achieved through a programme of walks and talks, family learning activities, youth ranger sessions and practical training events. People will be encouraged to participate in the DerwentWISE Scheme by recording wildlife sightings and helping to manage wildlife habitats.

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The Whistlestop Centre

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust provides hands-on activities at our Whistlestop Centre, designed to help children of all ages and abilities discover and understand the natural world around them. Situated in the old railway station buildings in Matlock Bath, beside the river Derwent and nestled below the spectacular High Tor Woods, activities focus on celebrating the landscape of the World Heritage Site.

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How the Derwent Valley changed the World

This is the story of the industrial revolution – a time of great change in Britain’s history when we were transformed from a nation of mainly farm workers to a nation of mainly factory workers.

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“Richard Arkwright” outside the Silk Mill’s Bakewell Gates
Funny facts

Find out where cotton comes from, how many brains silk worms have and how many World Heritage Sites there are.

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Patrimonito: the international mascot of the World Heritage Programme
Children’s Activities

Download our Wordsearch and find all the words. Find out about Patrimonito. Find out about the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and discover what there is to do for children and families at each of the places.

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Annual Report: Masson Mills
UNESCO and Other World Heritage Sites

The World Heritage List includes all the sites that UNESCO has agreed are of outstanding universal value to humanity. The World Heritage List has three aspects. It includes monuments and groups of buildings and sites which are considered as cultural heritage. It includes areas of landscape which are considered as natural heritage. It includes sites which are considered to combine cultural and natural heritage.

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