Out and About with Wildlife Programme
Wed 15th Feb – Wildfowl and Birds at Skylarks Nature Reserve with Neil Glen (01949 838899). Meet 10 am at the reserve car park on Adbolton Lane (on the right after Holme Pirrepont Country Park entrances).
Sun 26th Mar – Early Spring at Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve with Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842). Meet 10 am at the reserve road gate on the B680 between Ruddington and Wilford (on left just before ring road bridge).
SOUTH NOTTS WINTER TALKS PROGRAMME
Thur 2nd Feb – Rushcliffe Grizzeled Skipper Butterfly Project by Bill Bacon 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission includes tea & biccie adults: £2.50; children: free.
Thur 2nd Mar – The Archaeology of Skylarks Nature Reserve by Emily Gillott 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission includes tea & biccie adults: £2.50; children: free.
You can also look at the programme going forward into 2017
RUDDINGTON SPRING FAIR
We are running our major fund raiser again this year on Sat 20th May at the StPeters Rooms Ruddington. Sooooo as ever we are looking for donations in the following areas
Plants – prepared to grow some plants for us contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CD`s/DVD`s/computer games – contact Valerie Holt on email@example.com
Records and LP`s – contact Scott Gorman on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifts for a tombola – contact Judith Booth on email@example.com
ARE YOU A KNITTER ?
Last year the genorous donation of time (and wool) by Rushcliffe knitters in creating a supply of cute wooly badgers helped raise funds for NWT and the Badger Vaccination Project. We are hoping to do something similar this year, so are again appealing for people who are prepared to knit for wildlife. We can supply patterns thanks to Wendyjean Hurst. If you are interested please contact Cath Lovatt on firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of the £20 prize is Mrs W. Hurst, 26 Belton Drive, W Bridgford, Nottm NG2 7SJ – a perfect entry!
The £5 random draw prize was won by Mrs E Curtis, 11 Hallfields, Edwalton, Nottm NG12 4AA
The ansers to all the questions are here nwt-quiz-sheet-definitive-neil-version-j-2013-after-j-2016
Rushcliffe is the location for a number of Grizzeled Skipper butterfly colonies at the northern end of it`s range, with known populations on the Bingham Linear Park, East Lake section of the Great Central Railway and at Langar airfield.The GS Project run by Notts BAG and Butterfly Conservation is seeking to improve those habitats to maintain and hopefully grow the population.
Attached is a report on the project from 2012 to 2016 the-grizzled-skipper-project-2012-to-2016-1
Also attached are details of the 2016/17 GS work party programme nottsbag-grizzled-skipper-practical-work-poster-2016-17_v2
We are interested in hearing from local (Rushcliffe) members who might wish to join the SNG committee. We meet 8 times a year (usually Thurs evening). The object of SNG is to promote the work of the Trust and nature conservation locally, engage members of the public with that work and to fund raise. If you might be interested please contact Gordon Dyne on 0115 8784842 or email@example.com.
Insect hotel in apple tree
Our wildlife gardening articles highlight how important it is to provide places to hibernate over winter for the many types of insects beneficial to our gardens. And many of you are no doubt using ‘insect hotels’ of one sort or another for this purpose. If you have fruit trees or bushes, especially ones that produce blossom early in the spring, then you might like to try putting small insect hotels in your trees – as shown in this picture – so that pollinators will be ready and waiting as soon as the weather warms up and the blossom buds open!
Butterfly Conservation have posted their annual report on the Grizzeled and Dingy Skipper butterflies in Nottinghamshire. Rushcliffe is one of the colony areas for the GS. Please see attached.
If you are at all interested in anything bug or crawly on Sat 29th October at Derby University (10.30 till 4.30) off Kedelston Rd (A38 DE22 1GB) and includes live and preserved insects, computer demos, demonstrations, opportunities for hands on study and displays about current research and conservation. An interesting day well worth a visit. See DANES Web Site http://www.danes-insects.org.uk/events.htm
A series of talks, presentations and networking opportunities open to all Rushcliffe Friends Groups, nature conservation volunteers and interested individuals based in the Rushcliffe Borough:
• Underwater wildlife photography on the Fairham Brook, by professional natural
history photographer Jack Perks
• Update on Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping and Cotgrave Forest Project
• Individual ‘Friends Groups’ sharing experiences and successes, including Rushcliffe
Country Park and Gotham Nature Reserve
• An update on Skylarks Nature Reserve, the creation of Rushcliffe’s largest nature
• Ash dieback and the implications for woodland management
Lunch is provided and afternoon guided walk around Gotham Nature Reserve, a SSSI wild flower meadow led by Gotham Nature Reserve Committee (please bring appropriate footwear)
Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum. Gotham Memorial Hall, Saturday 8th October 2016
9.15am – 3pm
f you have any queries please contact either: Ben Driver, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
firstname.lastname@example.org 0115 958 8242 or Paul Phillips, Rushcliffe Borough Council email@example.com
Book your place by following this link:
Please book by 3rd October
RNCSIG are developing a project aimed at making the Cotgrave Forest Area a particular priority for nature conservation – Better, Bigger and More Connected. This is a long term development and is in effect a small scale landscape scale conservation project.
For more information http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=788