Members of the New Mills Natural History Society held a field meeting on Longstone Edge on 5 July 2017. We looked at a number of plants typical of calcareous grassland and leadrakes, as well as some butterflies.
You can view pictures of some of what we saw.
Cream-spot ladybird (I think, the Orange ladybird is similar).
Common Fragrant Orchid on a moderately steep south facing side of a small open cast lead rake, well vegetated.
Common Fragrant Orchid
Common Rock-rose, in calcareous grassland beside path.
Musk Thistle (also known as nodding thistle).
Musk Mallow forming large stand on short, clacareous grassland beside track.
Buff-tailed bumblebee on Musk Thistle
Bombus terrestris on Carduus nutans
Spring Sandwort, a species sometimes frequent on lead rakes.