Out and About with Wildlife Programme
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).
Sun 16th Apr – Wildlife Walk along Bingham Linear Park with Jenny Craig (01949 838899).. Meet 10am at the Tythby Bridge entrance
Wed 19th Apr – Spring Wildflowers at Wilwell Farm Cutting 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).
Sun 30th Apr – Dawn Chorus at Sharphill Wood with John Elwell (07794 052672). Meet 6am at at Peveril Drive entrance, West Bridgford.
Sun 30th Apr – Bunny Wood Nature Reserve Open Day for spring wildflowers and to learn about the woods history and management, also childrens activities. From 10.30 to 4 pm with guided walks at 11am
The Local Group AGM is on Thur 20th Apr with a report on the year, the accounts and the election of the committee for the year. It will be followed by a talk on Echolocation Location, finding Nottinghamshire’s bats by Michael Walker (Notts Bat Group). 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission free.
We are looking to recruit one or two more people to reinforce the Local Group Committee and help with our role of promoting nature conservation and Notts Wildlife Trust locally in Rushcliffe, by running wildlife walks and talks programmes, promoting NWT at summer fetes and fund-raising And the committee meets eight times a year (on a Thursday evening. If you might be interested in joining us please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 8784842.
This year Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been chosen as the official charity for the Viking Challenge, a fundraiser by the Redmile CofE School which has become one of the UK’s largest off road amateur cycle events attracting over 1,400 riders from all over the county! The route takes in the Vale of Belvoir countryside using the local section of the Viking Way, an ancient track-way originally linking Newark and Stamford, as a means of raising much-needed funds for the school and a nominated charity each year.
We need the assistance of 50 volunteers to marshal the event taking place on Sunday 1st October 2017. If you would like to help marshal the event and raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust then please get in touch with Cally Keetley (email@example.com). Of course, if you would prefer to enter the event as a rider you can register via the website. The more participants, the more money will be raised for the Trust.
For many years now Rushcliffe Borough Council has been supporting Notts Wildlife Trust in carrying out nature conservation related work around the Borough. Particularly in helping to set up and support Friends of Groups, wildlife education visits and running the successful Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum. In helping to fund this work Rushcliffe created a model that NWT would like to encourage all local councils to follow and indeed some have.
As part of Service Level Agreement NWT produces an annual report of both it
s work funded by RBC, but also outlining its other work locally such a management of it`s own nature reserves, as well as the activities of the South Notts Local Group promoting an interest in wildlife and nature conservation.
A copy of the report is posted here and it gives a great insight into the variety of work, often unsung, that Notts Wildlife Trust undertakes locally Service level agreement report 2016 (1)
See the Out and About Wildlife walks section has now been updated with Rushcliffe wildlife related walks through to August 2017. Some are site visits, others are looking at specialist groups, all are led by local people with an interest and knowledge of our local wildlife.
Click on the Diary Tab for more info.
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!