Wed 15th Sep – Bat Walk with Martin Price & Nots Bat Group. Meet 7 pm at the Skylarks Nature Reserve car park – on right along Adbolton Lane, after Holme Pierrepont Country Park entrances. Bring suitable warm clothing and a torch
Coming up our 2021/22 Winter Wildlife Talks Programme
Each winter, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s South Notts Local Group presents a programme of monthly talks covering the whole spectrum of wildlife.
Last winter, Jack Perks, the renowned local wildlife cameraman, took us underwater with the fish that swim in our rivers. We visited the icy wastes of Antarctica and saw fabulous scenery and fascinating animals. Kyle Carsen, a lifelong birder and musician, joined us from Ohio and opened our eyes – and ears – to the amazing complexities of birdsong. We heard about successful Welsh bird conservation projects, learnt about the wide range of British reptiles, and shared the amazing range of flora and fauna to be found at Centre Parcs’ Sherwood Village.
This winter’s programme promises to be equally diverse and rewarding:
- Roadside verges are things most of us drive by without taking much notice, but in October we will explore the wide range of wild flowers to be found there and learn about their fascinating lives.
- Butterflies nationally are in decline; in November we will look at how our gardens can help these beautiful creatures to survive and grow.
- December’s talk will transport us from the depths of our winter to sunshine safaris in the national parks of South Africa.
- In January, best-selling author Gordon Hamlett will take a light-hearted look at the stories behind his book on birdwatching in the Scottish Highlands.
- We stay in Scotland in February, exploring the magical landscapes and wildlife of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands with wildlife photographer Nick Martin
- Leaving the otters and eagles of Scotland behind us, in March we look at the more prosaic but rapidly-declining Hedgehog, and how two brothers inspired a village to protect and sustain this beautiful creature.
Each talk will be available through Zoom, both live and recorded, so come and join us from the comfort of your own home in a winter wildlife wonderland. Each talk costs £3; subscribe for all six for £15. Full details, including technical requirements and how to book, are available on our website at http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=234
Also see our FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/SouthNottsWildlifeGroup for local wildlife news from groups in Rushclife
Saturday, 25 September 2021 | Sunday, 26 September 2021 at East Bridgford Village Hall, East Bridgford, England. Find event and ticket information on this link
East Bridgford Wildlife and Biodiversity Group
There will be a special puppet performance for children 11am to 2pm this Monday 23rd August on The Hook Nature Reserve. Follow the nature trail, see what you can spot and discover the puppets. Flyers available at Mona Road entrance to The Hook.
Handmade Theatre has been funded by Lady Bay Arts Trail.
Also Nick and Jackie Sparrow is holding an official Butterfly Conservation charity garden open day on bank holiday Saturday 28th Aug 1 to 5pm at 20 Trevor Road, West Bridgford. Tea and cakes etc. £3 to get in. Hopefully there will be some butterflies joining us on the day.
Notts Wildlife Trust is using a new biological recording system called “Nature Count” originally pioneered by Sheffield Wildlife Trust. The idea is that people including members of the public can feed sightings into the software and subject to verification by the County Recorder for the Species it will be fed through to the Notts Biological Records Centre (keeper of the county wildlife database) and from there into the National database. In addition where it relates to Trust reserves into their database as well.
Whilst NWT are particularly interested in all records relating to their reserves, they form only a small part of our natural world. So we are interested in getting people to send in records from all over the county. Sites with Friends Groups like Sharphill Wood/Bingham Linear Park may arrange to set up a site specific input page that then becomes their site record (please contact MWalker@nottswt.co.uk about this).
But if you walk the dog there is no reason why you can`t also record what you see – rare records are important, but REGULAR records of common species are invaluable (and not that common). Firstly if everyone thinks its presence is understood, no one records it. Secondly just because someone has recorded it last year in the area, your record reinforces it`s presence this year. Multiple records matter, they build a picture. So take a notepad and pen with you walking the dog, visiting a reserve or just sitting in your garden, they all matter.
What you need for a record is
Species (a photo might be useful with rarer critters,
Numbers even if an estimate
Location (you can use either a location name, finding the location on a map search built into the software or using Grid Ref to pinpoint the record to an area).
Photograph of items if you are unsure of OR if it is something unusual.
You can enter a single casual record or create a list for a location. Reserves will have pre-existing lists set up for adding to.
The web site for Nature Count is https://record.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/