SOUTH NOTTS LOCAL GROUP WINTER WILDLIFE TALKS PROGRAMME ONLINE

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South Notts Local Group invites you to join them for a series of online wildlife talks via ZOOM (see Technical Guidelines below) to enjoy a range of expert speakers with their slides, from home and abroad on a variety of topics, from the comfort of your own home. Session slots must be booked in advance via Eventbrite at a cost of £3 per session link (incl booking fee) and you will be the sent online links for the individual talks, both at the time of booking and a reminder a day or so before the talk.

The talk sessions will open from 6.45pm for a 7pm start and we anticipate the actual talk will last about an hour, plus time for a short break and questions at the end. We will be recording the event, so if you have paid but been unable to join us we can send you a link. Thirty  severn people logged onto to enjoy our first talk by Jack Perks on British Freshwater Fish (plus one couple who couldn`t make it but were sent a recording of the talk).

Our next talk is

Thurs Dec 10th  “In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton” with Nigel Scott . For more info follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2020-12-10-wake-scott-and-shackleton-nigel-scott

And the remainder of the programme looks like this

Thurs Jan  7th – Bird Listening & Birding by Ear with Kyle Carsen . For more info follow this link  https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2021-01-07-bird-listening-birding-ear-kyle-carsen

Thurs Feb 4th  – Welsh Bird Life and Conservation with Dan Rouse. For more info follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2021-02-04-welsh-bird-conservation-dan-rouse

Thurs Mar 4th – The Wildlife of Sherwood Center Parcs with Mike Hill. For more info follow this link

https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2021-03-04-wildlife-center-parcs-sherwood-mike-hill

Thurs Apr 22nd Local Group AGM + Talk on British Reptiles and Amphibians with Ben Driver (No Charge). For more info follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2021-04-22-south-notts-local-group-agm-talk-british-reptiles-and-amphibians

Numbers of slots are limited.

If you want to book for all of the talks upfront contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com

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

 

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Members Day and 2020 AGM

Just a reminder that the NWT Members Day and Annual General Meeting 2020 will be held online this year, on Saturday 21st Nov using ZOOM.

For more details follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/members-day-agm-2020  or consult the letter all members were sent recently.

It will be split into two sections the formal business of the AGM  + a series of video blogs, interviews and virtual tours to showcase the continuing extensive and varied work carried out by officers and volunteers across the county.

Anybody who is a member of Notts Wildlife Trust is eligible to vote at the AGM which will run  from 10 am till 11.30 am, with the members day running from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. There is NO charge.

Natural England video clip on Nature Recovery Networks

I thought you might be interested to see NE’s new video, launched yesterday, to promote NRN partnerships, there are some nice examples of different types of NRN – lowland, upland, urban fringe etc., it’s only 5 minutes long so please do take a look:
You’ll see it is a brief overview of the type of landscape-scale working that we have been delivering with our partners in Notts. For context, it is worth noting that NWT`s Sherwood Heathlands Living Landscape/NRN area is bigger than Wild Ennerdale or Knepp Estate) and involves more partners.

Badger Cull in Leicestershire and the southern end of Rushcliffe

Despite strong protests from local Wildlife Trusts and other nature conservation organisations the government have authorized a badger cull in Leicestershire. It turns out that the licence actually covers  land in the southern end of Rushcliffe on the Notts Leic border. As a result a significant number of farmers have withdrawn from the Badger vaccination scheme, but even worse it means the government are now culling badgers that they have funded to be vaccinated.

Leaving aside the waste of taxpayers money and the serious doubts about the effectiveness of a badger cull, it is a terrible blow to the Trust officer and many volunteers who have been running the programme for 5-6 years now.

Consideration was given to requesting Judicial Review of the cull by a consortium of local Wildlife Trusts, but unfortunately legal opinion was not very hopefully as to success. So not all of the consortium members were prepared to take the risk , therefore making it more costly for other groups, so this route has been abandoned.

We understand that Badgers have already been killed.

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NEW! “OFF WITH THE BIRDS” – AN ONLINE WILDLIFE TALK

South Notts Local Group`s regular Winter Wildlife Talks programme is on hold, as it does not appear to be viable under a social distancing regime. But we are delighted to invite you to a FREE online trial of a talk, using Zoom. You will be able to join our expert speaker NEIL GLENN from the comfort of his own home with a slide talk  entitled …..

VALLEY PARADE: The birds and wildlife of the Lower Rio Grande Valley – We might not be able to visit them during travel restrictions, but Neil will help us enjoy the sights and sounds of some of our beautiful avian creatures from our own homes.
The talk is scheduled for Thursday 30th July with logging on from 7.15 pm, and starting at 7.30pm will last  about 60 minutes + breaks for questions. SNG hope you can join us for our experiment, but you will need to reserve an access slot in advance as numbers are limited. So to book a slot please follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2020-07-30-valley-parade-birds-and-wildlife-lower-rio-grande-valley and you will be sent the access permissions by E Mail.

This is a FREE event because we are experimenting with delivering talks in a new way and it would help us enormously if you would provide feedback via a short survey that we will email to you afterwards. Subject to your feedback, our plan is to organise an online Winter Wildlife Talks Programme and there will be a small charge to access these sessions. This will help us replace some of the vital fundraising activities we usually run to support Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in its work standing up for Wildlife in Rushcliffe and wider Nottinghamshire.

Of course some of you may not have used ZOOM before. For our talks the minimum requirement to see & hear the slide talk is either a PC/Laptop or Tablet with an internet connection and audio. A video cam is not essential for this event and if the E Mail containing the access link is on the same device, you do not need to install ZOOM software. For more details follow this link  Guidance Notes ZOOM – Participant

So, grab a mug of coffee (or something stronger) and settle down for a relaxing evening with Neil, the South Notts Local Group and the Birds of the Rio Grande Valley.

 

SOUTH NOTTS LOCAL GROUP (NOTTS WILDLIFE TRUST)

AGM 2019/20 run via Survey Monkey

between 1st May and 17th May 2020

As the conventional face to face AGM was not practical under current social distancing conditions, the South Notts Local Group opted to experiment running the AGM via Survey Monkey. A total of 17 people participated, whilist not brilliant, it is not much less than in conventional AGM`s. The Survey Monkey “meeting” was asked to ratify or otherwise the following set of documents

South Notts Local Group Minutes of 2018/19 AGM  Ratified = 12  Abstentions = 5

South Notts Local Group 2019-20 Chairs Report   Ratified = 16  Abstentions = 1

South Notts Local Group 2019-20 Accounts  Ratified = 15  Abstentions = 2

South Notts Local Group 2020-21 S Committee List  Ratified = 16  Abstentions = 1

The following comments were made (responses in BOLD)

Can we ask members whether they have any views on fund raising activities. One member has been ‘selling’ plants destined for the Spring Fair at her gate asking for donations. – Indeed one member in the absence of the Spring Fair one member has raised circa £75 selling plants at the end of her drive for donations and I believe at least one other member was planning to do similar. The idea has  been mentioned to other Spring Fair plant growers. It has also been suggested we try an run an Autumn “Spring” Fair and practicality of this will be considered at the next Local  Group Committee Meeting GD

We had a Silent Auction many years ago which raised a considerable sum (can we find out how much from financial records?). Such an event would have to be organised at least a year ahead and involves a lot of work and the problem of storage of auction items could rule it out. However, it might be worth considering because it has the potential to raise a substantial sum. – this idea will be considered at the next SNG committee meeting GD

What about online quizzes or activity packs that could be downloaded for a donation. I’m sure some parents would welcome activities to keep their children busy and stimulated during the lockdown. – again this idea will be raised at the next SNG committee meeting. But it will also be raised with the Local WATCH Group and also ask if the central Notts Wildlife Trust are looking at anything like this. GD

Update on Social Distancing – SNG is actively considering at how to continue activities in an environment where social distancing is likely to be around for a significant period of time, at least six months and very likely more. We are moving to committee meetings via ZOOM and will be considering what we might be able to do about walks & talks, fund raising etc in a challenging environment.

 

Any questions/views contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842

Rushcliffe Biodiversity Grants

This is open for bids again this year – first come first served. The grant from Rushcliffe Borough Council is straight forward, as is approval via RNCSIG and designed to provide small funding amounts to practical wildlife & conservation projects in Rushcliffe.
The form is attached including grant conditions – follow this link to download the form http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?attachment_id=1262
If you need clarification please get in touch – gordon.dyne@gmail.com

30 Days Wild with Social Distancing

30 Days Wild has arrived for 2020!

Can you do one wild thing a day throughout the whole of June? We believe you can!

Join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild!

Do it for your health, wellbeing, wildlife and the planet!

Sign up for your free digital pack now and start planning your random acts of wildness for each day in June.

There are packs for individuals and families, care homes, schools and businesses…even if working from home, so please share as the more the merrier to let nature into everyones lives.

More information online here: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/30DaysWild

Bunny Old Wood Open Day

This event did not get listed in the Trust Whats On, but will be happening on  Sun 26th April  from 10 till 3 with a guided walk at 11am, children’s activities and info about woodland history. A great chance to visit an ancient woodland with the spring wildflowers in bloom – not only bluebells but the white of greater stichwort and yellows of the lesser cellandine

Car park on the left on the A60 climbing up out of Bunny village. Chris Terrell-Nield (0115 9374906).

By the way the full summer Wildlife Walks programme for Rushcliffe is now available in the Diary section.

Pub Quiz great success

Our third annual pub quiz at the Poppy and Pint in Ladybay was  the best ever. All the tables were taken (we could have filled more) and a good night was had by all. There were a few “stinkers” in the questions, which the quiz master claims are to separate the winning team from the rest, but others of us suspect it is just to see the confused looks on our faces ! All I will say is “Floating in the air” and Aled Jones. The winning team was only one point ahead and second place had to go to a tie break.

Besides a fun night, our object was to raise funds for NWT and this we also did making a total of £470. This is all “free” cash thanks to support from the Poppy & Pint in particular, but also Notts County FC, Notts County Cricket Club, West Bridgford ASDA, Clifton Morrisons + individual donations and of course the hard work of our quiz master Neil Glenn and all the South Notts LG “elves” who took money, sold raffle tickets and generally organized stuff etc etc.