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Out and About with Wildlife Programme

Sun 26th Mar – Early Spring at Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve with Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842). Meet 10 am at the reserve road gate on the B680 between Ruddington and Wilford (on left just before ring road bridge).

Sun 16th Apr – Wildlife Walk along Bingham Linear Park with Jenny Craig (01949 838899).. Meet 10am at the Tythby Bridge entrance

Wed 19th Apr – Spring Wildflowers at Wilwell Farm Cutting with Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842). Meet 10 am at the reserve road gate on the B680 between Ruddington and Wilford (on left just before ring road bridge).

Sun 30th Apr – Dawn Chorus at Sharphill Wood with John Elwell (07794 052672). Meet 6am at at Peveril Drive entrance, West Bridgford.

Sun 30th Apr – Bunny Wood Nature Reserve Open Day for spring wildflowers and to learn about the woods history and management, also childrens activities. From 10.30 to 4 pm with guided walks at 11am

South Notts Local Group AGM

The Local Group AGM is on Thur 20th Apr with a report on the year, the accounts and the election of the committee for the year. It will be followed by a talk on Echolocation Location, finding Nottinghamshire’s bats by Michael Walker (Notts Bat Group). 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission free. 

We are looking to recruit one or two more people to reinforce the Local Group Committee and help with our role of promoting nature conservation and Notts Wildlife Trust locally in Rushcliffe, by running wildlife walks and talks programmes, promoting NWT at summer fetes and fund-raising And the committee meets eight times a year (on a Thursday evening. If you might be interested in joining us please contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842.

Help with the Viking Challenge

This year Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been chosen as the official charity for the Viking Challenge, a fundraiser by the Redmile CofE School which has become one of the UK’s largest off road amateur cycle events attracting over 1,400 riders from all over the county!  The route takes in the Vale of Belvoir countryside using the local section of the Viking Way, an ancient track-way originally linking Newark and Stamford, as a means of raising much-needed funds for the school and a nominated charity each year.

We need the assistance of 50 volunteers to marshal the event taking place on Sunday 1st October 2017. If you would like to help marshal the event and raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust then please get in touch with Cally Keetley (callymartin86@gmail.com). Of course, if you would prefer to enter the event as a rider you can register via the website. The more participants, the more money will be raised for the Trust.

Rushcliffe Service Level Agreement

For many years now Rushcliffe Borough Council has been supporting Notts Wildlife Trust in carrying out nature conservation related work around the Borough. Particularly in helping to set up and support Friends of Groups, wildlife education visits and running the successful Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum.  In helping to fund this work Rushcliffe created a model that NWT would like to encourage all local councils to follow and indeed some have.

As part of Service Level Agreement NWT produces an annual report of both its work funded by RBC, but also outlining its other work locally such a management of it`s own nature reserves, as well as the activities of the South Notts Local Group promoting an interest in wildlife and nature conservation.

A copy of the report is posted here and it gives a great insight into the variety of work, often unsung, that Notts Wildlife Trust undertakes locally Service level agreement report 2016 (1)

Out and About with Wildlife 2017

See the Out and About Wildlife walks section has now been updated with Rushcliffe wildlife related walks through to August 2017. Some are site visits, others are looking at specialist groups, all are led by local people with an interest and knowledge of our local wildlife.

Click on the Diary Tab for more info.

Mistletoe Survey for Rushcliffe

Mistletoe is strongly associated with Christmas, but did you know Mistletoe grows in Rushcliffe?

In Britain it grows mainly in the SW Midlands of England and most of the seasonal mistletoe harvest comes from traditional apple orchards – apple being mistletoe’s favourite host tree.  Outside this area (and also within it) mistletoe’s other primary habitat is in gardens where it is usually planted on fruit, particularly apple trees. It also grows on many other trees including pear, lime, silver-birch even, however there is some evidence that it is a species specialist and so its seeds germinate more readily on the same species as the parent plant. It is a parasitic plant and is known as a hemiparasite as it still uses photosynthesis to create energy.

Mistletoe supports a wide range of wildlife, some of which can be rare and adds value to the biodiversity of an area. Winter is a particularly good time to spot it in the leafless trees and it has a characteristic appearance as illustrated by the photo of MISTLETOE IN WEST BRIDGFORD. WE know that Mistletoe grows in West Bridgford and Radcliffe on Trent, but the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group wants to find out how common it is in those areas and if it grows elsewhere in Rushcliffe. So if you suspect that Mistletoe is growing in a local tree, please let RNCSIG know by recording the location and tree type on www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R_mistletoe.

Support Ruddington Spring Fair Fund Raiser

RUDDINGTON SPRING FAIR

We are running our major fund raiser again this year on Sat 20th May at the StPeters Rooms Ruddington. Sooooo as ever we are looking for donations in the following areas

Plants – prepared to grow some plants for us contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com 

CD`s/DVD`s/computer games – contact Valerie Holt on v.holt1@ntlworld.com

Records and LP`s – contact Scott Gorman on scottgorman1@btinternet.com

Gifts for a tombola – contact Judith Booth on judithb@mypostoffice.co.uk

ARE YOU A KNITTER ?

Last year the genorous donation of time (and wool) by Rushcliffe knitters in creating a supply of cute wooly badgers helped raise funds for NWT and the Badger Vaccination Project. We are hoping to do something similar this year, so are again appealing for people who are prepared to knit for wildlife. We can supply patterns thanks to Wendyjean Hurst. If you are interested please contact Cath Lovatt on cath.lovatt@googlemail.com

Grizzeled Skipper Project

Rushcliffe is the location for a number of Grizzeled Skipper butterfly colonies at the northern end of it`s range, with known populations on the Bingham Linear Park, East Lake section of the Great Central Railway and at Langar airfield.The GS Project run by Notts BAG and Butterfly Conservation is seeking to improve those habitats to maintain and hopefully grow the population.

Attached is a report on the project from 2012 to 2016 the-grizzled-skipper-project-2012-to-2016-1

Also attached are details of the 2016/17 GS work party programme nottsbag-grizzled-skipper-practical-work-poster-2016-17_v2

South Notts Local Group

We are interested in hearing from local (Rushcliffe) members who might wish to join the SNG committee. We meet 8 times a year (usually Thurs evening). The object of SNG is to promote the work of the Trust and nature conservation locally, engage members of the public with that work and to fund raise. If you might be interested please contact Gordon Dyne on 0115 8784842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com.

Pollinating early blossom

Insect hotel in apple tree

Insect hotel in apple tree

Our wildlife gardening articles highlight how important it is to provide places to hibernate over winter for the many types of insects beneficial to our gardens. And many of you are no doubt using ‘insect hotels’ of one sort or another for this purpose. If you have fruit trees or bushes, especially ones that produce blossom early in the spring, then you might like to try putting small insect hotels in your trees – as shown in this picture – so that pollinators will be ready and waiting as soon as the weather warms up and the blossom buds open!