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...
Spring in South Notts
Our next outdoor meeting is on Saturday 29th March at 10am when Bill Logan will lead our annual woodland in spring walk, this year an opportunity to visit Sharphill Wood with an expert on the project which has revitalised it as a community-run Local Nature Reserve.
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.
See the diary at the bottom of this page for full details of these, and of our other spring events!
Dennis Heffernan: An Appreciation
Many Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust members will have met Dennis Heffernan over the years. Sadly Dennis died on the 31st December after a relatively short illness.
Dennis loved all things to do with nature, but his particular passion was birds. He was a stalwart of the NWT, a member for many, many years. He served on the Trust Council right up to the end, and at various times was chair of the Resources Committee and the Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme. In Council and on South Notts Local Group Committee he was a passionate advocate of membership involvement and stressed the importance of active NWT local groups across the county.
In the mid 1990s he played a major role in the rebirth of the South Notts Local Group and was an active committee member even whilst ill. For many years he organised our talks programme – indeed this year’s programme is his swansong. He always played a major role in the Spring Fair (he was our plant pricing guru!) and in our annual Go Wild in the Park event.
Dennis also loved travel, and some of his trips (New Zealand, Galapagos etc.) formed the basis of a number of fascinating talks to the Local Group (and indeed other local groups) being a combination of nature notes and travelogue.
Dennis will leave a Dennis-size hole in Notts Wildlife Trust.
Our commiserations go to his wife Marion and family.
Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch (updated 9 March 14)
This group organises wildlife-related activities for young people (age 8–13), meeting on the second Saturday of each month at Rushcliffe Country Park — next on 5th April to meet some Special Guests. Download their spring programme (PDF) for full details! Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids, see wildlifewatch.org.uk for more…
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 (email@example.com) to reserve a team place. The Larwood & Voce is on Fox Road, behind Trent Bridge Cricket Ground: more info and map…
Spring Fair Appeal (added 8 February 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:
Any offers of goods and/or assistance with running the Fair to Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or firstname.lastname@example.org)!
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)…
Garden birdwatching (updated 22 February 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 number-crunching is now under way, so if you took part keep an eye on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch website as the results come in!
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.
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 soon: (Complete programme...) (Download What’s On booklet as PDF)
|Updated: 9 March 2014||