We are starting our Out & About with Wildlife programme inline with government restrictions.

Sun 9th May – Fairham Brook and Bunny Moors circular walk with Gordon Dyne. Meeting 10 am from Rushcliffe Country Park for a day out in the Rushcliffe countryside. Numbers maybe restricted, for full details please contact Gordon Dyne on gordon.dyne@gmail.com for more information and to book a place.

Sun 16th May – Grizzeled Skipper & other wildlife along Bingham Linear ParkMeeting 10 am with Jenny Craig. Numbers maybe restricted, for full details please contact jenny@ifcraig.com for more information and to book a place.

From 17th May to 20th June numbers are restricted to 30 including leader, BUT the leader may opt to restrict numbers.

Sat 22nd May Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve guided walk round this wildflower reserve with warden Gordon Dyne. There will be two walks, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Numbers maybe restricted, for full details please contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com for more information and to book a place.

Also see our FACEBOOK PAGE  https://www.facebook.com/SouthNottsWildlifeGroup

Tims Nature Notes

Here is a link to Tim Williams latest set of Nature Notes, this time majoring on garden snails, proof if it is needed that whether or no aliens exist on other planets, life on Earth can be pretty dam strange.  + a little bit of Pigeon voyeurism – Tim definitely needs to get out more.

Rushcliffe Climate Change and Nature Pre Election Conversation

This is being run om Tues 27th Aprl at 7.30 pm via Eventbrite and is a chance for chance for voters to meet candidates in the forthcoming County Council Elections to hear their plans to address climate concerns.

Climate and Nature Pre-election Hustings

Would you like to see Nottinghamshire County Council do all within its powers to reduce climate warming?Would you like to see the County Council protect and improve the diversity of habitats within our beautiful County?

You are warmly invited to meet Candidates wanting your votes, and hear their plans for Climate and Nature in Nottinghamshire. This is an opportunity to question their proposals in advance of the County Council Elections on May 6th.

The meeting will be chaired by Christopher Ward Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Systemic Family Therapist and key organiser of Climate Assembly Nottingham

At the meeting, Candidates will present their manifesto commitments and proposals to support climate and nature – this will be followed by audience questions. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance via the organisers

The zoom link will be sent via Eventbrite in advance

Grizzeled Skipper Project

This is from Chris Jackson Christopher.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk project organiser

Unfortunately as you will all be aware, due to Covid-19, we were unable to get out with our volunteer work parties onto any of the grizzled skipper sites last year. I don’t think that this will have too much of an adverse effect over one year, but this may be more problematic if the same thing happens over the coming autumn-winter. The good news is that we did manage to get some site management undertaken during the winter with scrub management being undertaken along the disused railway embankment at Bingham Linear Park, and also we managed to get a remote controlled mower to cut the vegetation along the recently cleared areas along the Great Central Railway line near East Leake.

I am contacting you all to remind you that the grizzled skipper will be soon on the wing and that once again if you are able to get out and about onto some of the known sites and report sightings of the butterfly that would be very much appreciated. The graph below shows the number of grizzled skipper sightings in recent years and how the project has been beneficial in boosting records in Notts, since it started back in 2012. Having made such a positive impact we are keen to keep momentum going during 2021 and hopefully with your help, we will continue to see an increase in the number of reported sightings of grizzled skipper.

In recent years, the first sightings of grizzled skipper have ranged from 9thApril – 8th May (see table below), with the earliest being back in 2017 (9th April). Due to this year’s cooler April I suspect that the first sighting may be a bit later than in 2017? Staunton Quarry has regularly been the site where the earliest sightings have been recorded, as well as being the best recorded site in Nottinghamshire. It would be great if we could get as many different sites surveyed as possible this year.

The following sites have had sightings in recent years and are publicly accessible:

  • Newark to Cotham Sustrans Route
  • Newark to Bottesford Disused Railway
  • Staunton Quarry
  • Bingham Linear Park
  • Flawborough Footpath
  • Langar Airfield East (bridleway)
  • Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard

If you want more details on any of these sites, such as grid references, please let me know.

Wildlife Sites just over the border

An area worth exploring is Charnwood just over the border in Leicestershire.

There is a cluster of Leic Wildlife Trust sites namely Lea Meadows, Ulverscroft and Herberts Meadow and in addition the County Council manage Outwoods, Beacon Hill, and Broomriggs Farm and of course there is also Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood. Although the footpath network is very limited in the area it is perfectly possibly to put together a days walk taking in Beacon Hill, Ulverrscroft/Herberts Meadow, Lea Meadows, Bradgate Park and Broomriggs – although to be fair such a circuit is more about passing through. But it is a fine walk taking in National Forest plantations.

Outside of Charnwood there are nature reserves at Holwell/Browns Quarry and also Wymeswold Meadow and Loughborough Big Meadow all just over the border. See LRWT web site for more info https://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves PS not sure if exotic places like Leicetershire has left the EU, so you might need to take your passport !