South Notts Local Group

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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...

April in South Notts

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting and Talk on Thursday 24th April starting at 7:30pm at our usual talks venue in West Bridgford. This year’s talk will be on the exciting new Skylarks Nature Reserve development near Holme Pierrepont, which will produce one of the NWT’s largest wildlife reserves right here in Rushcliffe! The talk will follow a brief open business meeting, to hear reports of our work in 2013/14, our proposals for 2014/15 and to elect our Local Group committee. Your Local Committee Needs YOU! We currently have three vacancies for new committee members. If you would like to help us organise our programme of wildlife events in South Notts over the next year then we want to hear from you NOW! Please contact Gordon Dyne (Committee Chair) on 0115 878 4842 to find out more about our work and how you can join in. Admission to the AGM and talk is free and includes refreshments.

Our next walks are in late April: An early start on Saturday 19th April for our Dawn Chorus Walk at Bunny Wood when you will need to meet leader Neil Pinder in the Bunny Wood car park at 5am prompt. Next day, Sunday 20th April, Jenny Craig will lead a walk along Bingham Linear Park to look for spring flowers & butterflies starting from Tithby Road bridge at 10am.

Then to round-off the month, on Sunday 27th April we will be holding a Reserve Open Day at Bunny Wood, which hopefully will coincide with this ancient woodland’s famed display of bluebells and other spring flowers! The reserve will be open from 10:30am until 4pm and parking will be available. More on Bunny Wood nature reserve…

See the diary at the bottom of this page for full details of these, and of our other spring events!


We’re making changes to our website (added 6 April 14)

During the next week or so we will be reorganising our website to enable us to manage and keep its content up-to-date more easily. We plan to keep the current content available during the transition, but there may be occasions when the site is not accessible – in which case please accept our apologies for the service interruption and try again later!

Collington Common: wildlife-rich grassland in an urban setting

Save our Vanishing Grasslands (added 6 April 14)

The Wildlife Trusts (the parent body of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and all the other county trusts) launched this national campaign on Thursday April 3rd. The existence of grasslands is generally taken for granted BUT they are surprisingly diverse wildlife habitats AND information collected by the Wildlife Trusts indicates that they are in “catastrophic decline”. Please see the Grasslands campaign pages on the Wildlife Trusts’ website and sign their e-petition to support getting this issue raised with the government!

Spring Fair Appeal (updated 6 April 14)

Our annual Ruddington Spring Fair will be held on Saturday 17th May 2014, from 10am till noon. This is the primary fund raising event for the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in South Notts, and typically raises over £1000 each year to support our nature reserves and local wildlife projects. We are interested in hearing from anyone who can supply for sale at the Fair:

  • Plants – annuals, summer bedding, perennials, etc.
  • Cakes – all sorts of home baked goods
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Vinyl (and older!) records [record donations accepted until 15th April!]

Any offers of goods and/or assistance with running the Fair to Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or!

Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch (updated 6 April 14)

This group organises wildlife-related activities for young people (age 8–13), meeting on the second Saturday of each month (except when this clashes with holiday weekends!) at The Environment Centre, Rushcliffe Country Park. Next meeting: 10th May, then 4th June and 12th July. Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids, see for more…

Sign-up for our email news! (added 29 March 14)

Our printed newsletter is issued at 4-monthly intervals and so suffers from lack of immediacy. So we are now putting greater emphasis on email, which along with our website, is more flexible in terms of disseminating information. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust issues a county-wide monthly email newsletter, and we now send out a monthly South Notts Local Group email. If you are an NWT member living in South Notts please contact Alex Walls (0115 958 8242 or to make sure your membership details are up-to-date to receive both items.

Invitation to RNCSIG Annual Meeting (added 29 March 14)

The Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday 15th May at the Gresham Pavillion, West Bridgford from 6:15pm to about 7:30pm. We will report on progress over the last year and look at future developments, as well as ratify the membership of the steering group. We will follow the formal meeting with presentations of local wildlife interest. If you are interested in being on the Steering Group please contact Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or for more info as to the commitment (6 meetings per year). Membership is open to anybody who is interested in nature conservation in Rushcliffe. Invite & agenda…

Reserve work parties this spring (added 29 March 14)

Wet and windy weather over the winter means there is still plenty to do on our reserves this spring. 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 spring work parties page or download the fact-sheet for details.

Robin: a winter garden bird you can count on!

Garden birdwatching (updated 29 March 14)

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was held over the weekend 25 – 26 January this year. This annual winter event gives us a snapshot of bird species, numbers and activity in the UK. Over the years results have built up to show bird population and distribution trends – which are of great help to all organisations involved in nature conservation. The results are now in, with over 7 million birds counted in what is claimed to be the world’s largest wildlife survey! See the Top 10 along with summaries of rarities, which species increased and which decreased on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch website.

Out & About this spring and summer (added 20 March 14)

Our What’s On diary now includes all our spring and summer events, from late March until mid-September. We have a bumper bundle of twelve wildlife walks, taking in reserves in south Nottinghamshire and neighbouring north Leicestershire and featuring birds (dawn chorus), woods, wetlands, wildflowers, butterflies and invertebrates. Plus our spring fair at Ruddington, open-day at Bunny Wood and our AGM and Talk in West Bridgford. Scroll down to the foot of this page to see the online diary, or click here to download a printable version (PDF).

Fundraiser: Larwood & Voce Pub Quiz (added 22 February 14)

Once again the Larwood & Voce have offered to run a pub quiz to help raise funds for the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sunday 13th April, from 7.30pm with the quiz starting at 8pm. As on previous occasions it will be a general knowledge quiz for teams of four to six people. Entry fee £3.50 per head, which includes a light supper. Please contact Gordon Dyne ( to reserve a team place. The Larwood & Voce is on Fox Road, behind Trent Bridge Cricket Ground: more info and map…

RNCSIG meeting report (added 8 February 14)

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group brings together organisations and community based activities involved in protecting and enhancing Rushcliffe’s wildlife resources. Their recent January meeting highlights include the Swift Box Project at Owthorpe, ash & dust fall at Bunny Wood, grant applications for the Green Line and Grantham Canal, and updates on many local wildlife initiatives. Download report (PDF)…

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.

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Updated: 6 April 2014

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