South Notts Local Group
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Rushcliffe’s Wildlife Web Site
The South Notts Local Group, known as the SNG represents members of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust resident in the south of the county, principally in the borough of Rushcliffe. More about the Group...
Mid-winter in South Notts
This year’s Bunny Wood Christmas log sale will be held at the Bunny Wood nature reserve on Sunday 15th December from 10:30am till 4pm – all funds raised go to support work at this reserve! Car parking available. (More on Bunny Wood and map...).
On Thursday 9th January 2014 we are holding our first wildlife photography evening at our usual talks venue in West Bridgford, starting at 7:30pm. This will not be a photo competition! We have planned it as a membership-driven event, and we hope as many members as possible will each contribute and share a few of their favourite photos of British wildlife. Free admission, and refreshments will be available. Please contact Gordon Dyne if bringing photos: 0115 878 4842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See the diary at the bottom of this page for full details of these, and of our other autumn events!
Winter newsletter now available (added 8 December 13)
Gotham Nature Reserve work party (updated 8 December 13)
This reserve was developed from the former Gotham Sandbanks site in 2012 and is part of an SSSI. Work parties were run on an ad hoc basis until autumn 2013, when regular work started on an ambitious programme to fence and restore the site. Gillian May, the group’s secretary, says “Whilst we have tremendous support within the village, we welcome help from help from the wider community!” Please contact Gillian on 0115 983 0885 or email@example.com for details of the spring work party schedule.
Notts Wildlife photography group (added 25 November 13)
Nottinghamshire-based professional wildlife photographer Jack Perks has started a local wildlife photography group. They meet at West Bridgford Library for a monthly talk, and also plan to arrange field trips, exhibitions and competitions. Their next talk is on Tuesday 10th December, 7pm when Jack will present his own Wildlife photography tips, admission (to cover cost of room hire): £3 for group members or £6 for non-members. Contact Jack for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reserve work parties this winter (updated 25 November 13)
Most work on our nature reserves is carried out over the winter, when vegetation has died down and wildlife is dormant. All our reserve work parties welcome new volunteers! Working on one of our reserves is a great way to do something practical for nature conservation, get out in the fresh area and meet other people. Please see our winter work parties page or download the fact-sheet for details. Update: Sharphill Wood work parties will finish at about 2pm rather than 4pm.
New Skylarks reserve work party (added 18 November 13)
As part of the development of the greatly expanded Skylarks nature reserve near Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are creating a new regular site-based work party. The reserve supports a mixture of wetland, grassland and scrub woodland habitats. There are ambitious plans for habitat improvements over the next few years, to create islands, muddy margins, reed bed and wet grassland areas to promote bird variety, insects and amphibians. Current tasks on both the original site and the new acquisition include woodland management (tree thinning and coppicing), reed bed management and opening up paths by clearing scrub. Volunteers wanted! Third Sunday each month, 10am till 2pm. Meet at entrance to the old reserve (on left after Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Adbolton Lane). Contact: reserve wardens Tom Shields (07525 617769) or David Birrell (07919 122083). To learn more about the project see Skylarks Appeal: creating Rushcliffe’s largest nature reserve.
What’s on this winter & spring! (updated 18 November 13)
Our online diary has just been updated with our talks, walks and other meetings throughout the rest of this autumn, winter and spring – up until the end of April 2014. You can browse the diary online, at the foot of this page, or download a printable copy (PDF) by clicking this link.
Summer Quiz: Answers now available! (added 5 November 13)
Our summer fund-raising quiz began at our Spring Fair in May and ran throughout all our summer events, with completed entries due in by the closing date of 31 October 2013. And The Quizmaster has now issued his quiz sheet filled-in with the definitive answers, which you may download as a PDF document. Results: The winner of the £20 prize was Mr B J Reynolds from West Bridgford. The £5 draw was won by Mrs M E Curtis from Edwalton. A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year. And if you weren’t a winner this time, why not try next year?!
October talk: Britain’s sea life (updated 20 October 13)
Our autumn talks programme got off to a diving start on Thursday 3rd October with Rob Cuss’s talk on the marine environment around Britain. Rob is an award-winning underwater photographer, so his talk was illustrated with many spectacular photos of the sea life to be found in British waters [right] as he convinced us that our marine fauna is as varied and colourful as that found on tropical reefs! Rob is passionate about marine conservation, and showed examples of where agreed ‘no-take zones’ have helped and contrasted those with sites where there’s a fishing free-for-all. You can see some of Rob’s photos at his photo gallery website…
Grizzled skipper conservation (added 9 October 13)
Rare grizzled skipper butterflies are only found in a few places in south Nottinghamshire – and these sites need regular management to keep the habitat suitable for them. Notts Biodiversity Action Group are running three work parties this autumn and welcome volunteers – so if you’d like to keep these special butterflies flying in Notts then please go along and lend a hand! More info…
Work parties at Bingham Linear Park (added 1 October 13)
Friends of Bingham Linear Park are due to start nature conservation work parties on 20th October, meeting at 10am at the Tithby Road entrance. They have an extensive work programme for this autumn & winter, including cutting-back scrub, clearing grassland and coppicing hazels – so they need all the help they can get! And if you can help then please see our updated work parties page for full details.
September butterfly walk at Bingham (added 17 September 13)
The last of this year’s butterfly walks at Bingham Linear Park was on Sunday 15th September. Although the weather wasn’t good for butterflies, the walk was an excellent opportunity to catch-up with the Friends of Bingham Linear Park, and see how well they’re managing the reserve to provide habitat for butterflies and other wildlife. Photos from the walk…
Rare Butterflies in Rushcliffe (added 5 September 13)
Bill Bacon, of Friends of Bingham Linear Park, explains this summer’s exceptional bounce-back of the butterfly population after last year’s dismal summer, and the influx of rarities to our area in this news article.
Wildlife Trust Celebrates 50th Anniversary (added 5 September 13)
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is currently celebrating its 50th Birthday! A cornerstone of the anniversary is the project to enlarge and enhance the Skylarks reserve in South Notts. This wetland habitat project neatly reflects the NWT’s beginnings when wetland habitat at the Attenborough Gravel pits was saved in 1963. More on the anniversary celebrations, which continue until May 2014.
What’s on soon: (Complete programme...) (Download What’s On booklet as PDF)
|Updated: 8 December 2013||