Coming up in Rushcliffe


Out and About with Wildlife Programme

Sun 29th May – Keyworth’s Meadows Open Day Walk. Meet at the burial ground car park on Wysall Lane at 9.30 for a guided walk seeking all things natural. Led by Neil Pinder and Mike Reid and finishing about 12.30. See or call Neil on 07981 928402.

 Sat 4th JunRuddington Spring Fair from 10 till 12 at St Peters Rooms (opposite the village church) for plants, CD`s/DVD`s and cakes. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842)

Tue 7th Jun – Early summer wildflowers at Wilford Claypits. Meet at 6.45pm in The Apple Tree car park, Compton Acres Contact Derek Rudge 0115 9100712

Sat 11th Jun – Wilwell Farm Cutting Open Day for summer wildflowers etc. From 10am till 4pm, including guided walks at 11am and 2pm. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842)

Thur 16th Jun – Wildflowers at Gotham Sandbanks. Meet 7pm at the seat by the old Gotham British Legion. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842).

Tue 21st Jun – Butterflies and Dragonflies at Wilford Claypits. Meet at 12-45pm in The Apple Tree car park, Compton Acres Contact Derek Rudge 0115 0100712

Sat 16th Jul Bunny Wood Big Butterfly Survey walk with Chris Terrell Neild (0115 9374906) to look at the butterflies and other insects found in the wood. Meet 2pm in the Bunny Wood car park at 2pm (on the left on the A60 climbing out of Bunny village).

You can also look at the programme going forward up till August under the Diary  tab – Out and About page

Flowers at Wilwell

This year has seen a very good number of Cowslips in flower at the site, but also at Wilford Claypits and on Collington Common. In total nearly 4,000 flower spikes have been counted. Also good news is that the number of Green Wing Orchids was up this year and whilst number are drastically down from the flooding a fourfold increase from last year suggests the population is graduly reestablishing itself..

Very soon (if not already) the Southern Marsh Orchids will be coming into bloom and I am hoping to see the Bugle again this year (a few flowered last year for the first time since the flood).

But where are all the butterflies ?

Don`t forget Wilwell Open Day on Sat 11th June.

Ruddington Spring Fair – Sat 4th June

This is our annual fund raiser and last year helped us contribute £1,500 to help support the work of Notts Wildlife Trust..Please come along this year and support us.

It is at the St Peters Rooms in Ruddington (NG11 6HA) opposite the church from 9.30 till 12.

We will be selling

  • PLANTS grown by local members#
  • CDs and DVDs (also donated
  • Vinyl records
  • Homemade cakes
  • There will also be a
  •  Cafe
  • Tombola
  • Nature Table
  • Stand about the Rushcliffe Swift Project

and we will be selling out General Knowledge Quiz sheet


Wilwell Nature Reserve Open Day – Wildflowers of Summer

For a summer stroll amongst examples of Rushcliffes best flora why not come to Wilwell Nature Reserve Open Day, which is on Saturday 11th June for a range of summer wildflowers including Southern Marsh Orchids, Knapweed, Ladies Bedstraw and many others uncommon to the area. Many of the flowers will be labeled and information sheets posted about the wildlife, the reserve and the, work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and we will also have a nature table set up. In the past couple of years we have been doing a lot of work to control the scrub encroachment on the wildflower meadows and have opened up the railway embankment and marsh areas. Wilwell is on the B680 running between Ruddington and Wilford Village – coming from Ruddington it is on the left just before the ring road bridge and the entrance will be signed. It is one of for Notts Wildlife Trust reserves in the area, so look out for events at Bunny Wood, Skylarks and Wilford Claypits. The open day is from 10am till 4pm, car parking available. For more info about Wilwell see our web site

Rushcliffe Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards

This year Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust asked for nominations in it`s Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards and got a total of twelve eneries from Rushcliffe, more than any other area of the County. This illustrates the vibrancy of nature conservation in Rushcliffe as these nominations represent individuals and groups working at ten different local sites. Notts Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce that the winners in Rushcliffe are as follows

Individual Category – Harry Eustace (Friends of Sharphill Wood) who joined the group’s work parties as part of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and has become a work party regular after getting his Bronze and introduced his younger brother to the work party as well. Harry is a focused and hard worker, carrying out dead hedging, maintaining the paths, coppicing and felling small trees, as well as competent in the planting and aftercare of small hedging whips.

Group Category – Holme Pierrepont Country Park Group for their work over the last year to introduce more wildlife friendly features and habitats into the park including clearing Hymalyan Balsam, creating a bird hide, making and installing bird boxes, creating a spring wildflower garden and opening up a stagnant pond.

Schools Category – Ash Lea Special School for the hard work put into creating maintaining their wildlife garden over the years The school is also supporting the Trusts work at Skylarks coming along to to carry out conservation tasks as well as survey work.

Darren Caborn Christopher Britton Steve Bishop Harry Eustace and Jessica Lowe

(Daren Carbon, Christopher Britton and Steve Bishop (Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Harry Eustace (Sharphill Wood, Jessica Lowe (Ash Lea School))

Other nominations were Derek Rudge (Wilford Claypits), Elaine Young (Friends of Gotham Sandbanks)

Tom Shields (Skylarks NR), Patsie Andrew (East Bridgford Wildlife Group),Jenny Craig (Bingham Linear Park) in the individual category and Gotham Sandbanks Nature Reserve, Stonepit Wood Group, Skylarks Sunday Group and South Notts Bird Ringing Group in the group category.


We are now looking at our next Ruddington Spring Fair fundraiser for Notts Wildlife Trust which will be on Sat 4th June at the St Peters Rooms as usual.

So we are appealing for donations of the following things

Plants – can you help by growing some plants for the plant sale section, if so contact Gordon Dyne on or 0115 8784842

Cakes – bake us a few cakes, contact Margie Richards on  or 0115 9376320

CD`s, DVD`s and Computer Games (not videos) – got some you can donate, please contact Valerie Holt on  or 0115 9822317

Records (LP`s or singles) -our record expert is Scott Gorman on

Tombola prizes – we are looking for donations for a Tombola, if you would be prepared to donate please contact Cath Lovatt

– WOOLY BADGERS, yes honestly woolly badgers. Are you a knitter and be prepared to knit some woolly badgers for us to sell. We can provide a pattern, please contact

We would also be interested to hear from anyone who might be able to help out on the day.

In 2015 the funds raised by the Spring Fair helped us donate £1400 to a project at Besthorpe Nature Reserve as well as supprt a major project at Wilwell and Wilford Claypits. So please help if you can. We would also be interested to hear from anyone who might be able to help out on the day.

South Notts Local Group Commitee

The local group AGM is coming up in April and we would be interested in hearing from anyone  interested in joining the SNG committee, as ever it would always be good to recruit some fresh talent.  Particularly good will be team working, willingness to pitch in and also perhaps put fresh ideas into the groups operation. The SNG committee carries out fundraising activities on behalf of Notts Wildlife Trust (currently Spring Fair, committee meetings are approx every 8 weeks in local members home. If you want to know more please contact the Chair – Gordon Dyne on or 0115 878442

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy 2015- 2020

The third generation of the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy has been published by RNCSIG (Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group) and can be viewed on the Rushcliffe Borough Council Web Site   along with the 2015 Nature in Rushcliffe Report (as well as previous years).

The key change in the strategy is an increased emphasis on Landscape Scale Nature Conservation in Rushcliffe and now all we need is the resources to actualy make it happen. RNCSIG has set up a working party to look at how more joined up nature conservation can be achieved exploiting the information collated in the Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping Excercise.