SOUTH NOTTS LOCAL GROUP WINTER WILDLIFE TALKS PROGRAMME ONLINE

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Our final online event is

Thurs Apr 22nd Local Group AGM + Talk on British Reptiles and Amphibians with Ben Driver (No Charge). The AGM will be a short session of around 30 minutes followed by the talk. For more info follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2021-04-22-south-notts-local-group-agm-talk-british-reptiles-and-amphibians

At a minimum you will need a desktop/laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet and with ZOOM software installed (our link includes instructions about downloading ZOOM if not already installed). But SNG does not recommend using smart phones as we feel the picture is too small. Any queries please contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com

We are moving towards the start of our Out & About with Wildlife programme inline with the planned reduction on COVID restrictions

Wed 14th Apr – Bird walk in Rushcliffe Country Park.  Join South Notts Local Group  and Neil Glenn for a socially-distanced wildlife walk (numbers limited). Bird migration should be underway, so we will have a stroll around this urban park to see what visitors have arrived for the summer or have dropped in on their journey north. The walk will last about 2 hours. Contact Neil Glen n.glenn@ntlworld.com for full details and to reserve a place, although Neil may run a second walk if there is interest.

Sun 25th Apr – Sharphill Wood (West Bridgford) dawn chorus walk. Meeting at 6am. Numbers will be restricted to five + leader with  social distancing, for full details please contact John Elwell on 07794 052672 for more information and to book a place.

Sun 25th Apr – Bunny Wood Open Day  from 10 till 3 with a guided walk at 11am, children’s activities and info about woodland history, not to mention the bluebells. Car park on the left on the A60 climbing up out of Bunny village. Please check web site nearer the date for any changes. Chris Terrell Nield (christopher.terrell-nield@ntu.ac.uk).

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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 !

Stanton on the Wolds Golf Club –

Whilst conservation work on nature reserves is very important, such sites are only a small fraction of the total area of the Borough. So this extract from the Golf Courses Annual Report, represents a useful contribution to the bigger picture

A lot of ecology work has been taking place on the course during lockdown. The dew pond on the 15th has been cleared out and landscaped (Could I politely request that members do not introduce any fish or vegetation to this area please). A number of new bird and bat boxes have been installed in a number of locations around the course alongside numerous log piles and insect houses.

We made good ecological use of the tonnes of cores removed during greens maintenance week these have been placed in a number of damaged areas around the course they have been rolled and by late Spring they will provide a healthy covering of grass. Hundreds of thousands of wild flower seed have been sewn around the course (I will keep the locations secret and hopefully you will see them germinate and grow)

 

Tim`s Nature Diaries

Attached is the link to Tim Williams latest nature diary as relayed to Ruddington U3A Wildlife Group from his lonely lockdown garret. As ever with Tim it is an esoteric collection of items from Rhinoceros beetles to Ammonites via a Fox`s scull and blood donating Horseshoe Crabs – you were warned !