Whats happening in Rushcliffe



Thur 5th Nov 2015 – Their Wildlife – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Charles Langtree looking at volunteering from a managers perspective with 12 years of fantastic work, interesting debates and even more interesting situations in managing nature reserves.

Followed by Thur 3rd Dec 2015 – The Scottish Islands and Highlands by David Fox – Enjoy a tour around the majestic highlands and islands of Scotland, and meet some of the unique wildlife that makes its home in this impressive landscape.

Meeting 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.


Grizzeled Skipper Work Parties

Sunday 15th November 2015 – Cotham to Kilvington Disused Railway Line 10am to 3pm, meeting at the southern end of Cotham village, at SK796473

Sunday 6th December 2015 – Flawborough Footpath 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Saturday 16th January 2016 – Great Central Railway 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 7th February 2016 – Alverton Disused Railway Line 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Come along and join a group of like-minded people who are enthusiastic about the conservation of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly – a nationally important species which occurs at a number of sites in south Nottinghamshire. Many of the sites where the Grizzled Skipper occurs require regular management to keep them in a suitable condition for the butterfly, so we will be undertaking a series of practical workdays at some key sites, which will involve:

  • Scrub clearance work to maintain open habitats required by the Grizzled Skipper and to help create corridors to link existing open habitats
  • Creation of bare earth patches to increase the availability of suitable egg-laying habitat

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Warm clothing and stout footwear
  • Work gloves (gloves will be provided if you don’t have any)
  • Tools (if you have any – bow saws/loppers/spades. Tools will be provided, along with instruction on their use)

For more information please contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group on 0115 993 2588 or email hris.jackson@nottscc.gov.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Photography Competition 2015

Organised by the South Notts Local Group on behalf of Notts Wildlife Trust in memory of stalwart wildlife enthusiast Dennis Heffernan we received some 120 entries from across the county, in three categories – Living Landscape, Splendid Species and Young Photographer.

The photos were judged by Marian Heffernan, Jack Perks (wildlife photographer), Erin McDiad (Notts Wildlife Trust) and Gordon Dyne (SNG) and the winners will be announced at the Notts Wildlife Trust AGM at Holme Pierrepont on Saturday 20th Oct.

The winning photographs will be displayed at Attenboirough Nature Centre and SNG will will also publish them on our web site hear after the AGM.

Our thanks to everybody who entered photo`s, to Cally Martin who organised the competition and to Jack Perks, Opticron and London Camera Exchange for providing prizes.



Reserve Work Parties

As autumn draws in the reserve wardens thoughts turn to the habitat work required over the winter. Fancy doing something practical to help our local wildlife, well we are coming to the start of the work party season. WE could all certainly use the help. Three local Trust reserves run regular work parties, they are

Skylarks (Holme Pierrpont) – Work parties on the third Sunday of each month from 9 am to 1.30 pm. Meet at the entrance to the old Skylarks Nature Reserve at 10am. Please bring a packed lunch, tea/coffee will be provided. Contacts: David Birrell (07919 122083) and Tom Shields (07525 617769). The next work party is Sun 18th Oct.

Wilford Claypits (Compton Acres) – on the second Saturday of each month, 1pm to 4pm. We will decide on the day what needs to be done. Contact Derek Rudge (0115 910 0712 or 07950 211083 or email derekrudge@hotmail.co.uk). The next work party is Sat 10th Oct

Wilwell Farm Cutting (Wilford/Ruddington) – Meets on the first Saturday of each month, 1pm till 4pm. Work includes grassland maintenance and coppicing. Contact Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or email gordon.dyne@gmail.com). The next work party is Sat 7th Sept

Other work parties are available see the reserves tab on this web page.

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