Summer in South Notts


Get Out and About with wildlife in the next few weeks:

Sat 26th Jul Invertebrate Walk with Chris Terrell Nield (0115 9374906) at Bunny Wood for butterflies, beetles and other things with lots of legs. Meet 2pm in the car park on the left of the hill (A60) climbing out of Bunny Village.

Sat 2nd Aug – Wildflower walk at Skylarks and Holme Pierrepont with botanist David Wood to look at a diverse flora found in the area - meet 9.30am at the reserve gate of the new site (after H/P centre on right, by the sign). David intends to spend the day exploring the area, so bring a packed lunch if you want to stay out for the day. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842

 But also we are coming up to the work party season. If you are interested in making a practical contribution to local nature conservation there are a lot of local reserve work parties in Rushcliffe and they are great way to get outside and make a regular contribution to helping preserve our wildlife habitats. The current list is attached here Reserve Work Parties

Wildlife Recording

One of the most useful things people can do is to record the wildlife they see around them – visiting a reserve, walking the dog or even just in their garden. Such information can provide a small but helpful contribution to the bigger picture in the area. Often people go for the more obvious groups perhaps on birds or butterflies, but some go for more specailist categories including in one instance the very esoteric plant galls !

For a full report on wildlife recording please follow this link.


Gotham Open Gardens

Fifteen gardens in Gotham village will be open to visitors between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday 29th June 2014 in aid of Gotham Nature Reserve. Teas will be served in the Church Hall from 2pm till 5pm, and a shuttle service will operate between the Ridgeway and the Church Hall from 2pm till 4pm. Admission costs are £3 for adults or £2 for adults over 60 / children over 5 and free for children aged 5 or under, including a programme, available from:

  • Gotham Church Hall (on the day)
  • 311 Leake Road (on the day)
  • Coffee Shop at Gotham Memorial Hall

A combination of stunning gardens and delicious cakes – what could be a better way to spend an English summer afternoon?

Further information from Gillian May, Gotham Nature Reserve Trust secretary: phone 0115 983 0885. If you live in or near Gotham and are able help out on the day, then Gillian would be delighted to hear from you!

Ruddington Spring Fair

A big thanks to all the people who grew plants, donated DVD`s, records and cakes and the trusty stalwarts who turned up to help on the day. Overal we took in £923 (including donations and, quiz sheets etc) however a member is organising the sale of CD`s via Music Magpie and that should bring in over £200 and there are still record sales via E Bay to be sorted so we hope for a final figure of over £1,200 before expenses a similar figure to last year. 

In effect  we have had a decline in sales on the day, but that has been counteracted by growth online (very modern). The decline is particularly noted in plant sales and the cafe, this seems to be related to a gradual drop in footfall over the years. Things like sales of cake and DVD`s have held up and sale of records on the day is up (probably due to specailist collectors who don`t buy plants, but might eat cake !).

Still the point of the Fair is not just the amount of money that we raise, but that it can be used to help Notts Wildlife Trust provide matched funding and help NWT release project funds, so the money is worth significantly more than the headline figures. Again a big thanks to everyone who lent a hand.

Margaret’s Meadow

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

On the morning of Saturday 10th May 2014, over twenty of Margaret Price’s friends met at  Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve to commemorate her lifelong commitment to Nottinghamshire’s wildlife and to mark the naming of Margaret’s Meadow in her honour. As Margaret was a founder-member of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust it seemed fitting that this commemoration also formed part of the NWT’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Full report and pictures…


Spring newsletter available

Our latest local group newsletter, for spring 2014, is now available to read online or download as-printed. Features include: an appreciation of the life of Dennis Heffernan; a well-illustrated review of Bingham’s butterflies; this year’s spring fair; the future of our newsletter.

Skylarks planning application

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have submitted a Planning Application for proposed work at Skylarks Nature Reserve, which is to integrate the newly-acquired land with the original reserve and to make habitat improvements. The planning application number is 14/00706/FUL and the plans are on Rushcliffe Borough Council’s planning website at Please take a look at them and feel free to comment if you wish – hopefully in support!

We have recieved notification that the application has been passed by the council, so another milestone for the project has been passed and the winter months should see some major engineering works at Blotts Pit as some parts of the site are re landscaped to create wet meadows, ponds and reedbeds.

Successful AGM

We held our local group Annual General Meeting and Talk in West Bridgford on Thursday 24th April. The newly-elected South Notts committee is: Gordon Dyne (Chair), Valerie Holt (Vice Chair), Jackie Glenn (Secretary), Neil Pinder (Treasurer), Margie Richards, Geoff Fyles, Neil Glenn, Judith Booth, Graham Leigh-Browne and Cally Martin. The following documents presented to the meeting are available: