Whats happening in Rushcliffe


Coming up over the next few weeks are

Sun 12th July – Bunny Wood Butterfly Walk – meet 2pm in the car park (on left of A60 climbing out of Bunny) with Chris Terrell-Neild

Sun 19th –July  Bingham Linear Park wildlife walk, starting at 10am (approx 2 hours) meeting at top of Tithby Road Bridge steps. Jenny Craig (01949 838899).

Wed 12th Aug – Wilwell & Wilford Claypits Children`s Day with bug hunt sessions in the morning and pond dipping sessions in the afternoon. Contact Lyn Victor to book places. Also nature table and guided site walks with reserve wardens. See www.southnottswildlife.org for further details.

Sun 16th AugBingham Linear Park wildlife walk, starting at 10am (approx 2 hours) meeting at top of Tithby Road Bridge steps. Jenny Craig (01949 838899).

Tues 18th Aug Skylarks Reserve Walk with Project Officer Ruth Testa (0115 9588242 or RTesta@nottswt.co.uk) to see what has been happening on site in the last year. Meet 10 am in the new reserve car park on Adbolton Lane (on right after HP Country Park).

In addition we will be having our nature table at the East Leake Village Carnival (Sat 20th June), Radcliffe on Trent Carnival (Sat 11th July) and at Lark in the Park in West Bridgford (Wed 5th Aug) – so look out for us.


General Knowledge Pub Quiz

Back by popular demand the Larwood &Voce  (on Fox Rd/Hound Rd, West Bridgford running behind the Cricket Ground) have agreed to run another pub quiz on behalf of Notts Wildlife Trust on Sunday 20th Sep with a 7.30pm start. Teams of 4 to 6 at a cost of £3.50 per head including a light supper in the price. Number of teams limited to 25 so to reserve a slot please contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Wilwell/Wilford Claypits – Childrens Day

We are also running a Childrens Day on two of their local nature reserves on Wednesday 12th August with Education Officer Lyn Victor. So in the morning between 10 and 12 there will be bug hunts at Wilwell Farm Cutting nature reserve (of the road between Ruddington and Wilford on the left just before the ring road), plus guided walks with reserve warden at 10.15 and 11.15 plus our nature table. In the afternoon Lyn will be running pond dipping sessions between 2 and 4 at the nearby Wilford Claypits nature reserve (behind the Apple Tree pub on Compton Acres, West Bridgford) and there will be guided walks around the site with the reserve warden at 2.15 and 3.15 and again we will have the nature table on site. Although billed as a Children`s Day folk of any age are welcome

More details about reserves with location maps etc can be found by clicking on the Blue highlighted reserve links above.

Skylarks Nature Reserve – Discovery Days

During the summer holidays there are some great opportunities for children in touch with wildlife. Notts Wildlife Trust are running Nature Discovery Days at Skylarks Nature Reserve on Tues 4th, Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Aug (10.30am-12.30pm)  on Adbolton Lane, just past Holme Pierrepont Country Park. You can go sweep netting in the meadow, tree beating in the woods, make a wild bookmark and become an animal detective! No charge, but places limited so book early For more information contact Andrew Shaw ashaw@noswt.co.uk tel: 0115 958 8242




Wildlife on Your Doorstep – Recognizing Local Conservation

One innovation at our local AGM was the announcement of the local WOYD awards. Each local group has sort nominations for people, groups, churchyards and schools that have contributed significantly to promoting wildlife and nature conservation. The winners were announced at the Local Group AGM by Va;lerie Holt (NWT Trustee) and presented with a framed certificate.

NWT and SNG are delighted to announce the winners for Rushcliffe are

Individual – Bill Bacon for his outstanding work with Bingham Linear Park/Butterfly Conservation and Grizzeled Skipper Project,

Group – Friends of Sharphill Wood for all thier work to protect and maintain the wood,

School – Edwalton School for their environmental schooling in Meadow Covert Wood.

So congratulations and the winner in each category will then go forward for an overal county award in each of the categories.

But it is also a great pleasure to say that of all the WOYD nominations recieved across the county, some 20% were from Rushcliffe. This recognises the strong, vibrant anture conservation community we have localy. It is also worth saying that every nomination represents someone saying well done we think you are doing a grand job, so a big round of applause for the other nominations, who are

Individual – Jenny Craig (Bingham Linear Park, John Elwell (Sharphill Wood), Gordon Dyne (Wilwell and SNG), Vera Oxby, Phil Miller (Sharphill Wood), Laura Mayhew-Manchon (Rushcliffe WATCH), Geoff East, Derek Rudge (Wilford Claypits), Eliane Young

Group – Gotham Nature Trust, Friends of the Hook, Stonepit Wood (west Bridgford Scouts), South Notts Bird Ringers, Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park



South Notts Local Group AGM

Another year another AGM, which went very well apart from having to move to another building because of blocked drains ! This years comittee is unchanged apart from Geoff Fyles standing down (thanks for your efforts over the years Geoff) and will consist of Gordon Dyne (Chair), Valerie Holt (Vice Chair), Jacquie Glen (Secretary), Neil Pinder (Treasurer), Graham Leigh-Browne, Margie Richards, Neil Glen, Judith Booth, Cath Lockart and Keely Martin. As pour constitution allows for a committe of up to ten we still have slots available for two other people and I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who might be interested in joining us (we are allowed to co-opt). If you think it might be for you contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com OR 0115 8784842 to talk about it. Fresh minds are allways good.

For general information I have posted the Chairs and Treasurers Report + minutes of the last years AGM (and this years once available) on the web site. follow this link for

2013/14 AGM Report AGM Mins 2014

2014/15 Annual Report 2015 LG Report

2014/15 Income and Expenditure IncExp 2014-15



Calling all Budding Wildlife Photographers !

We are seeking entries to our Wildlife on your Doorstep Photography Competition, which is being held in memory of late NWT stalwart, Dennis Heffernan. Photographs can be submitted in three categories – A Living Landscape, Splendid Species and Young Photographer (under 16s) – and must be taken in Nottinghamshire.

There will be some great prizes for the winners of each category and the winning photographs will be featured in the Winter issue of Nottinghamshire Wildlife. See the following NWT Photo Comp.

Visit the Notts WT website for more information and to download an entry form. The competition is being organised by the South Notts Local Group. Entries can be submitted via email to nottswtphoto@gmail.com until Friday 25 September 2015.

Notts Mammal Group

Just to give you early notice of a Notts Mammal Conference which will take place on May 9th at Cropwell Village Hall from 10am until about 3.00pm.  Talks confirmed include the Dormouse introduction, Hedgehogs, Camera trapping,  Harvest Mice,  Nathusius’ Pipistrelle, Badgers.  There will also be a presentation on the Nottinghamshire Mammal Atlas project.  This meeting will be the formal beginnings of a Nottinghamshire Mammal Group.  The cost will be £5.00 which will cover room hire and refreshment costs.  It will also include, should you wish to join, your annual subscription to the mammal group.  Tea, coffee, biscuits etc will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.  Please contact Michael Walker (MWalker@nottswt.co.uk)   if you would like to book a place.

Radcliffe on Trent Bioblitz

From 12 am Sat May 16th to 12 am Sun May 17th there will be a Bioblitz at Radliffe on Trent Lily Ponds. Base camp will be the Rockley Memorail and activities will include pond dipping, moth watch, bug hunts, bat walks + others , as well as basket weaving and nature artwork – all led by local experts. Organised by Radcliffe on Trent Parish Council – thier web site should have more details.