Coming up in Rushcliffe


Out and About with Wildlife Programme

Sun 30th Oct – Looking at Ferns and how to tell which is what – with Niel Pinder (07981 928402 ) along the Green Line, West Bridgford. Meet 9.30am at the Boundary Rd entrance (by the old railway bridge opp Rushcliffe School & Leisure Centre).


Thur 3rd Nov – The Natural History of Keyworth’s Meadows, a talk by Neil Pinder about the history, wildlife and future of two very different “Grassblade Jungles”. 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission includes tea & biccie adults: £2.50; children: free.

Thur 1st Dec – Wildlife In the Home a talk by Nigel Slater. Our homes attract wildlife, from moths to mice, bats to beetles, we are never alone! You’ll be amazed by what goes on under your very own roof. 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission includes tea & biccie adults: £2.50; children: free.

You can also look at the programme going forward into 2017

DANES (Derbys and Notts Entomological Society) 2016 Annual Insect Show

If you are at all interested in anything bug or crawly on Sat 29th October at Derby University (10.30 till 4.30) off Kedelston Rd (A38 DE22 1GB) and includes live and preserved insects, computer demos, demonstrations, opportunities for hands on study and displays about current research and conservation. An interesting day well worth a visit. See DANES Web Site

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum Sat 8th Oct

A series of talks, presentations and networking opportunities open to all Rushcliffe Friends Groups, nature conservation volunteers and interested individuals based in the Rushcliffe Borough:

• Underwater wildlife photography on the Fairham Brook, by professional natural
history photographer Jack Perks
• Update on Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping and Cotgrave Forest Project
• Individual ‘Friends Groups’ sharing experiences and successes, including Rushcliffe
Country Park and Gotham Nature Reserve
• An update on Skylarks Nature Reserve, the creation of Rushcliffe’s largest nature
• Ash dieback and the implications for woodland management

Lunch is provided and afternoon guided walk around Gotham Nature Reserve, a SSSI wild flower meadow led by Gotham Nature Reserve Committee (please bring appropriate footwear)

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum. Gotham Memorial Hall, Saturday 8th October 2016
9.15am – 3pm

f you have any queries please contact either: Ben Driver, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust 0115 958 8242 or Paul Phillips, Rushcliffe Borough Council

Book your place by following this link:

Please book by 3rd October

Cotgrave Forest Focal Area

RNCSIG are developing a project aimed at making the Cotgrave Forest Area a particular priority for nature conservation – Better, Bigger and More Connected. This is a long term development and is in effect a small scale landscape scale conservation project.

For more  information

Big Butterfly Count 2016

Common blue butterfly (© Jenny Craig)

It’s summer so it’s time to get out into gardens, parks and countryside to look for butterflies and count them for this year’s Big Butterfly Count! These annual surveys are run by Butterfly Conservation and map the distribution of butterflies and moths in the UK to inform us about changes in the environment. Doing a count at one location only takes 15 minutes, then you can add your results online and see them appear on the map! The survey began on 15 July and runs until 7 August (counts can be submitted online up till the end of August). This year’s survey is important to indicate how butterflies have been affected by a run of cooler and wetter than average weather. See Big Butterfly Count website for more info, butterfly id chart, results map and free smartphone app…

Cotgrave Forest -area project

The Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group are looking at the feasibility of running a project in and around the Cotgrave Forest area in line with the principles of Landscape scale conservation, That is not concentrating on an individual site or reserve but the wider landscape. RNCSIG are using the Cotgrave Forest as a center piece for this project as it supports populations of some more unusual butterflies and it is felt that there is potential to improve links to other wooded areas. For more about this follow this link to an article Cotgrave Forest article Jun16   and also this flyer  Cotgrave Forest Project Flyer May 2016.

If you are at all interested please get in touch.

Giving our Insect Pollinators a helping hand

At least 1500 species of insects act as pollinators in the UK including bumble bees, the honey bee, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. There has been much in the media in recent years about bumblebee declines, with six out of 25 species of wild bumblebee having declined by up to 80% in the last 50 years and honeybee populations have also crashed. However many other pollinator species are also under pressure, for example a 70% decline in butterfly numbers. All have complex life cycles and specific needs. Most require food in the form of pollen and nectar, often quite species specific , and need a home for shelter and nest building.

Our pollinators face a range of pressures arising from habitat loss , pests and diseases, competition from invasive species, climate change and use of some pesticides. However they are vital for food production, it has been estimated that over 90% of the world’s crops are insect pollinated, but also for our wildflowers and garden plants. But a result of the way the landscape has changed over the last 50 years, not all insect pollinators can readily find the food and shelter they need. In 2014 the government set out a strategy to help pollinators. Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Trust have been working with other partners to help pollinators for many years, developing wildflower meadows / blue butterfly sites on land at Wilwell Farm Cutting, Wilford Claypits, The Green Line and Collington Common in West Bridgford, The Hook, Ladybay, Skylarks, Rushcliffe Country Park, Cotgrave Country Park, Meadow Park, East Leake, as well as sites like Gotham Sandbanks and Bingham Linear Park

But everyone can play their part. So whether you are a farmer, a gardener, or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help our valuable insect pollinators.

Five simple things you can do are:

  • Growing more flowers, shrubs and trees that provide nectar and pollen as food for bees and other pollinators throughout the year. Native wildflowers are especially good.

  • Leaving patches of land to grow wild with plants like stinging nettles and dandelions to provide other food sources (such as leaves for caterpillars) and breeding places for butterflies and moths.

  • Garden grass often contains a little wildflower community, so cut grass less often and ideally remove the grass cuttings to and allow them to flower (makes for a more colorful lawn as well)

  • Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects, in places like grass margins, bare soil, hedgerows, trees, dead wood or walls.

  • Think carefully about use of pesticides especially where pollinators are active or nesting or where plants are in flower.

For more information see or

Ruddington Spring Fair dun good

This years Spring Fair was the best one for several years ie we made more cash ! On the day we took in just over £1,200 which is about £300 up on last year – cakes, plants and CD`s all showed a small increase, but the big boost was diversification into a tombola and into “selling” woolly badgers. And there was also the interesting sight of a very large Badger roaming the streets of Ruddington, with a minder as the badger had very poor visibility

So a great big thanks to everyone who donated stuff or time (and indeed both) and made it a good day.Indeed it is remarkable that on the day the helpers seem to work like a “hive” mind – everything seems to get done, although no one seems to be giving instructions – well not me anyway.

It is not the end of the story however – surplus plants have gone to Attenborough and will generate some more cash, along with a supply of woolly badgers (who knew there were so many ardent woolly badger knitters in Rushcliffe) and we will also be selling them localy at Summer Fetes etc. The surplus CD/DVD`s will be sold via Music Magpie and should net us over a £100 and the records will also be sold on.

On behalf of the South Notts Committe – thank you all and to the South Notts Committee – thank you – Gordon Dyne Chair SNG.

Flowers at Wilwell

This year has seen a very good number of Cowslips in flower at the site, but also at Wilford Claypits and on Collington Common. In total nearly 4,000 flower spikes have been counted. Also good news is that the number of Green Wing Orchids was up this year and whilst number are drastically down from the flooding a fourfold increase from last year suggests the population is graduly reestablishing itself..

Very soon (if not already) the Southern Marsh Orchids will be coming into bloom and I am hoping to see the Bugle again this year (a few flowered last year for the first time since the flood).

But where are all the butterflies ?

Don`t forget Wilwell Open Day on Sat 11th June.