Summer in South Notts


Get Out and About with wildlife in the next few weeks (see right hand column).

Fri Sept 12th – Sept Bat Walk with Lyn Victor. Meet at the Rushcliffe Country Park Environment Centre at 6.30 pm for a brief talk about bats, followed by a bat walk from 7.30 pm. Numbers limited so contact Lyn at NWT on 0115 9588242 or to reserve a space.

 Sun Sept 21st – Autumn wildlife along Bingham Linear Park with Jenny Craig (01949 838899). Meet 10.00 amTithby Road bridge.

But I am afraid Summer is waning and the time is fast approaching for our 2014/15 Talks Programme. We are starting out in October with a talk on British Moths by our very own Niel Pinder, followed in November by a talk about the Wildlife of Scilly. 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

Bird Ringing

Thanks to South Notts Bird Ringers for allowing folk to come along and have a “birds” eye view of their activity on Skylarks. 18 people came along over the morning and had a real treat. The ringers had a bumper crop of birds, with a bumper 201 in the morning including 9 recaptures – 2 of which were first ringed in 2012. The catch included Certis Warbler, Robin, Dunock, Chiff Chaffs, Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackcap and a flock of Long Tailed Tits (which were all re released together in a mass fly off). One Chiff Chaf loathed to move on sat on someones hand for a couple of minutes, whilst Blue Tits showed their displeasure by pecking the handlers..Also in the haul was a Great Spotted Woodpecker



Rushcliffe Volunteer Forum Sat 27th Sept

To all you folk out there who are actively engaged with nature conservation on committees, work parties, wardening and survey work – Rushcliffe Borough Council and Notts Wildlife Trust will be hosting a Volunteer Forum and you are all most welcome to come whatever your interests and levels of involvment. The theme will be to look at the implications of Landscapescale Conservation and how it might be applied to the area in the coming years, it will also be used as an oppurtunity to look at the new Skylark reserve and our plans for it. BUT most importantly it will be an oppurtunity for like minded wildlife enthuisats to get together. If you are interested please follow PASTE this link into your browser (direct clicking dosen`t seem to work, possibly because it is so long) – this contains the booking form, but if you page down it also gives an outline agenda.

Rushcliffe Community Awards 2014

Every year Rushcliffe runs a Community Awards and invites local people to nominate individuals or groups that they think have particularly contributed to the local community in a  a variety of categories. One of those categories is Environmental work (other categories are available), so if a particular group or individual has particularly impressed you in the last year with their contribution to the Environment (which is defined in the broadest terms and not just nature conservation) then why not do something positive and nominate them by way of a thank you. For full details follow this link The deadline for nominations is Sept 26th and then a panel will decide the winning enteries in each of the categories. Over the years nature conservation has been well represented in the community awards and it would be nice to see this continue.

Wildlife Recording

One of the most useful things people can do is to record the wildlife they see around them – visiting a reserve, walking the dog or even just in their garden. Such information can provide a small but helpful contribution to the bigger picture in the area. Often people go for the more obvious groups perhaps on birds or butterflies, but some go for more specailist categories including in one instance the very esoteric plant galls !

For a full report on wildlife recording please follow this link.


Ruddington Spring Fair

A big thanks to all the people who grew plants, donated DVD`s, records and cakes and the trusty stalwarts who turned up to help on the day. Overal we took in £923 (including donations and, quiz sheets etc) however a member is organising the sale of CD`s via Music Magpie and that should bring in over £200 and there are still record sales via E Bay to be sorted so we hope for a final figure of over £1,200 before expenses a similar figure to last year. 

In effect  we have had a decline in sales on the day, but that has been counteracted by growth online (very modern). The decline is particularly noted in plant sales and the cafe, this seems to be related to a gradual drop in footfall over the years. Things like sales of cake and DVD`s have held up and sale of records on the day is up (probably due to specailist collectors who don`t buy plants, but might eat cake !).

Still the point of the Fair is not just the amount of money that we raise, but that it can be used to help Notts Wildlife Trust provide matched funding and help NWT release project funds, so the money is worth significantly more than the headline figures. Again a big thanks to everyone who lent a hand.

Margaret’s Meadow

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

On the morning of Saturday 10th May 2014, over twenty of Margaret Price’s friends met at  Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve to commemorate her lifelong commitment to Nottinghamshire’s wildlife and to mark the naming of Margaret’s Meadow in her honour. As Margaret was a founder-member of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust it seemed fitting that this commemoration also formed part of the NWT’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Full report and pictures…


Spring newsletter available

Our latest local group newsletter, for spring 2014, is now available to read online or download as-printed. Features include: an appreciation of the life of Dennis Heffernan; a well-illustrated review of Bingham’s butterflies; this year’s spring fair; the future of our newsletter.