IN PICTURES | Stalagtites, Stalagmites and Hidden Creatures of Poole’s Cavern, Buxton

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Poole’s Cavern in Buxton has become one of the most well known and well loved visitor attractions in the Peak District with its two million year old show cave which is home to some truly stunning formations and amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

We take a closer look at one of Derbyshire’s most popular show caves as well as discovering some of the weird and wonderful creatures that have made this place their home.

The show cave is certainly one of the most unusual in the UK in that it has the fastest growing stalagmites recorded in the UK, due to lime waste tipped in the 18th century on the hill top at Grin Low. The lime enriched water can create one centimetre of growth per year – that’s around 50 to 100 times faster than most stalactites…

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. The Whiskered bat, Daubentons bat and Long Eared Brown Bat are resident in the cave and regularly observed here by The Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.Stalactites.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. The pretty Herald Moth or Scoliopteryx libatrix captured resting inside the cave. They are often seen inside the cave regularly.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. Straws and Stalagmites…

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. A bat seen captured inside the cave.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. Rimstone pool formations.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. Stalactites and stalagmites – do you know the difference?

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Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern. Graffiti in the cave from 1609.

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Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

Photo credit: Poole’s Cavern.

   

To find out more about Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park, go to www.poolescavern.co.uk

Photo credits: Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park