Our next walk in the Wildlife Out and About programme is on Sat 3rd Jan – Winter Bird walk from Skylarks Nature Reserve with Neil Pinder (0115 9144896). Meet 9 am at the Skylarks “totaliser” sign gates on the right past the Holme Pierrepont Centre on Adbolton Lane. For full details of Out & About follow this link
Our next talk is Thurs 8th Jan – PlantLife – Speaking up for Plants by Gill Butler-Orli looking at the work and projects of the charity promoting an interest in wild flowers, plants and fungi. The talks are same day (Thursday), same venue (Methodist Church, West Bridgford, same room, same time (7.30 pm) and same price (£2.50 incl tea & biccies), indeed only the talks are different. For full details of the programme and location venue follow this link to the WILDLIFE TALKS PAGE
Autumn also means the start of 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 or go to the Monthly Diary record
We are delighted to announce that co-operation between the Local Group and Notts Wildlife Trust has resulted in a £28k project funded by a combination of Heritage Lottery, Awards for All and Rushcliffe Borough Council.
For full details please follow this link – Wilwell & Wilford Grant release EMCD edit
Bee feeding and pollinating
Butterfly feeding and collecting pollen
Insect pollinators are vital for fruit crops – from apples to blackberries – commercial and in the wild – and for our garden and wild flowers to set seed. Some fifteen hundred species of insects act as pollinators in the British Isles, including various bees, wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, moths and beetles. Most have suffered serious declines in numbers since the second world war; for instance, it is estimated that at least twenty of our native bee species have become extinct during this period! These declines are likely to be linked to changes in our landscape and patterns of land use since the 1940s. In early November 2014 the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs launched its National Pollinator Strategy “to protect pollinating insects which support our food production and the diversity of our environment” – planned actions to reverse the decline of the last 70 years. If you have a garden or allotment you can help:
- Simply grow more flowers! Native species are best and plants which flower early and late in the season are particularly helpful to insects emerging from or preparing for hibernation.
- Leave at least one patch of your garden to grow wild. This might look a bit scruffy to you, but it will provide habitat for your pollinating insects to breed, lay eggs and raise their young.
- Cut your lawn less often and let the grass grow longer to allow nectar-rich plants such as clover to flower and feed pollinators.
Miner bee leaving nest burrow
Avoid disturbing places where pollinating insects may be nesting or hibernating. Most apart from honey bees live in the wild and hibernate or nest in holes in trees, walls, rotting wood or by burrowing into loose soil – careless garden tidying in winter can destroy next spring’s pollinators!
- Avoid using pesticides. Check your garden regularly so you can spot problems while they can be controlled by physical methods – hoeing; removing infected plants or parts of plants. If you have to use a pesticide keep quantity used and area covered to a minimum.
See the Bees’ Needs website for more on this topic.
Congratulations to Elisabeth Curtis who is this years winner for our annual quiz – the cheque is in the post. For those of you who want to know what the answers are, please follow this link to NWT Quiz sheet definitive Neil version J 2014
In the Environmental Category I am pleased to say that Gotham Nature Reserve Trust was “best in class”, a tice little reward for 2-3 years of hard work at Gotham Sandbanks and they are now well on the way to turning this site round (it was gradulay scrubbing over).
Also shortlisted where The Hook at Lady Bay and Tom Shields for his work at Skylarks.
As ever the Rushcliffe nature conservation sector had a good showing and other nominations included Sutton Bonnington Community Orchard, East Bridgford Wildlife Group, Jenny Craig (of Bingham Linear Park) and South Notts Bird Ringers.
Congratulations to all. If you are interested some of these sites have web sites, so follow this to our our web link page.
Set up to promote wildlife photography the Society is running a programme of talks at West Bridgford library. Follow this link for full details.
DANES (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society) are holding their annual Insect Exhibition on Sat 15th Nov at Derby University, this is the societyes Centenary Year. Those who have been before will know it is a splendid event for all things insecty (and a few things that aren`t). It is FOC and for more information follow this link to the DANES web site http://www.danes-insects.org.uk/
Follow this link for an item about the official “opening” of the enlarged Skylarks nature reserve that has become both our largest nature reserve in Rushcliffe at 47 hectares and also our most ambitious (and expensive) project to date.
The Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan have produced a report looking at the status of species of conservation concern in the county. Please see the attached link for the report StatusoftheNottinghamshireBiodiversityActionPlanpriorityspeciesFeb2014V5
In addition there is a link to the Notts BAG website on our web links pages.
Please see the attached article about progress in the Rushcliffe Swift Project
This is a free course for Rushcliffe volunteers and residents supplied in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Rushcliffe Country Park on Saturday 15th November 2014 – 11am – 3pm
This course would be particularly suitable for any new conservation volunteers, who may be helping out with winter scrub removal. It would also be of interest to anybody who would like to improve their tree/ shrub survey skills. To reserve a place please phone Ben Driver or Claire Sambridge at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on 0115 958 8242 or book via email to email@example.com (please put ‘Rushcliffe Winter Tree Id Course booking’ in the subject line).