Whats happening in Rushcliffe


Coming up over the next few weeks are

Sunday 26th Apr – Bunny Wood Open Day for spring woodland wildflowers 10.30 till 4.30 including a series of guided walks round the site with reserve warden Chris Terrield-Neild (0115 9374906). Car park on the left of the A60 climbing out of Bunny.

Sun 10th May – Woodland in Spring – Stonepit Wood with David Howard of the Scouts. Meet 10am at the car parking by the Gotham church & opposite the Sun Inn. (gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 87848452)

Sun 17th May – Skylarks Bird Walk with Tom Shields . Meet 9am in the new reserve car park on Adbolton Lane (on right after HP Country Park). E mail tashields@live.co.uk to reserve a place.

Sun 17th MayBingham Linear Park wildlife walk, starting at 10am (approx 2 hours) meeting at top of Tithby Road Bridge steps. Jenny Craig (01949 838899).

May 31st – Keyworth Meadow open day walk. Meet at the Burial Ground car park on Wysall Lane at 10.00am. Niel Pinder (0115 9144896)

Sun 7th Jun Wilwell Wildflower Walk – meet 10 am at the road entrance on the Wilford/Ruddington road. Led by Gordon Dyne (gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 87848452)

Help Notts Wildlife Trust help our wildlife

South Notts Local Group are organising their annual Spring Fair at Ruddington to raise funds to support the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Last years event raised a record £1,200 and this years Fair will be on Saturday 23rd May at St Peters Rooms, Ruddington ( 10 till 12). If you are able to help us in any of the following areas we would be delighted to hear from you.

Provide plants for sale – contact Gordon Dyne (015 8784842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com)

Bake some cakes – contact Margie Richards (0115 9376320 or marjeff637@btinternet.com)

DVD`s and CD`s – contact Valerie Holt (0115 9822317 or v.holt1@ntlworld.com)

Vinyl records – contact Scott Gorman (07828059658 or scottgorman1@btinternet.com)


Wildlife on Your Doorstep – Recognizing Local Conservation

One innovation at our local AGM was the announcement of the local WOYD awards. Each local group has sort nominations for people, groups, churchyards and schools that have contributed significantly to promoting wildlife and nature conservation. The winners were announced at the Local Group AGM by Va;lerie Holt (NWT Trustee) and presented with a framed certificate.

NWT and SNG are delighted to announce the winners for Rushcliffe are

Individual – Bill Bacon for his outstanding work with Bingham Linear Park/Butterfly Conservation and Grizzeled Skipper Project,

Group – Friends of Sharphill Wood for all thier work to protect and maintain the wood,

School – Edwalton School for their environmental schooling in Meadow Covert Wood.

So congratulations and the winner in each category will then go forward for an overal county award in each of the categories.

But it is also a great pleasure to say that of all the WOYD nominations recieved across the county, some 20% were from Rushcliffe. This recognises the strong, vibrant anture conservation community we have localy. It is also worth saying that every nomination represents someone saying well done we think you are doing a grand job, so a big round of applause for the other nominations, who are

Individual – Jenny Craig (Bingham Linear Park, John Elwell (Sharphill Wood), Gordon Dyne (Wilwell and SNG), Vera Oxby, Phil Miller (Sharphill Wood), Laura Mayhew-Manchon (Rushcliffe WATCH), Geoff East, Derek Rudge (Wilford Claypits), Eliane Young

Group – Gotham Nature Trust, Friends of the Hook, Stonepit Wood (west Bridgford Scouts), South Notts Bird Ringers, Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park



South Notts Local Group AGM

Another year another AGM, which went very well apart from having to move to another building because of blocked drains ! This years comittee is unchanged apart from Geoff Fyles standing down (thanks for your efforts over the years Geoff) and will consist of Gordon Dyne (Chair), Valerie Holt (Vice Chair), Jacquie Glen (Secretary), Neil Pinder (Treasurer), Graham Leigh-Browne, Margie Richards, Neil Glen, Judith Booth, Cath Lockart and Keely Martin. As pour constitution allows for a committe of up to ten we still have slots available for two other people and I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who might be interested in joining us (we are allowed to co-opt). If you think it might be for you contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com OR 0115 8784842 to talk about it. Fresh minds are allways good.

For general information I have posted the Chairs and Treasurers Report + minutes of the last years AGM (and this years once available) on the web site. follow this link for

2013/14 AGM Report AGM Mins 2014

2014/15 Annual Report 2015 LG Report

2014/15 Income and Expenditure IncExp 2014-15



Calling all Budding Wildlife Photographers !

We are seeking entries to our Wildlife on your Doorstep Photography Competition, which is being held in memory of late NWT stalwart, Dennis Heffernan. Photographs can be submitted in three categories – A Living Landscape, Splendid Species and Young Photographer (under 16s) – and must be taken in Nottinghamshire.

There will be some great prizes for the winners of each category and the winning photographs will be featured in the Winter issue of Nottinghamshire Wildlife. See the following NWT Photo Comp.

Visit the Notts WT website for more information and to download an entry form. The competition is being organised by the South Notts Local Group. Entries can be submitted via email to nottswtphoto@gmail.com until Friday 25 September 2015.

Notts Mammal Group

Just to give you early notice of a Notts Mammal Conference which will take place on May 9th at Cropwell Village Hall from 10am until about 3.00pm.  Talks confirmed include the Dormouse introduction, Hedgehogs, Camera trapping,  Harvest Mice,  Nathusius’ Pipistrelle, Badgers.  There will also be a presentation on the Nottinghamshire Mammal Atlas project.  This meeting will be the formal beginnings of a Nottinghamshire Mammal Group.  The cost will be £5.00 which will cover room hire and refreshment costs.  It will also include, should you wish to join, your annual subscription to the mammal group.  Tea, coffee, biscuits etc will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.  Please contact Michael Walker (MWalker@nottswt.co.uk)   if you would like to book a place.

Radcliffe on Trent Bioblitz

From 12 am Sat May 16th to 12 am Sun May 17th there will be a Bioblitz at Radliffe on Trent Lily Ponds. Base camp will be the Rockley Memorail and activities will include pond dipping, moth watch, bug hunts, bat walks + others , as well as basket weaving and nature artwork – all led by local experts. Organised by Radcliffe on Trent Parish Council – thier web site should have more details.


Skylarks Nature Reserve Open Day

On Sat 11th April from 10 till 4. A chance to look at the work that has been going on across this site, particularly some major earth moving to make the lake more wildlife freindly. Also includes activities such as pre-historic pot making and pond dipping (not pre-historic). Site is on Adbolton Lane (past the Water Sports Centre) on the right hand side. For more details go to www.atupmiduck.co.uk or contact Ptoject Officer Ruth Testa rtesta@nottswt.co.uk

Notts Wildlife Trust – Wildlife on your Doorstep Awards

This is a great chance to acknowledge work carried out locally in Rushcliffe  and Awards will be made in the following categories:

  • Schools
  • Churchyards
  • Individual
  • Best Group or Project

If we receive enough entries and nominations, we hope to make awards in each category in each of our Local Members’ Group areas giving a maximum of 32 winners in all!  The closing date for nominations is Monday 2nd March and winners will be presented with their awards in April.

To enter yourself or nominate an individual, school, church or other group for an award, all you have to do is supply a brief description of what they are doing to help wildlife locally. Entries and nominations should be no more than 800 words – if possible accompanied by a photo of the person or project – and should be emailed to communications@nottswt.co.uk. It really couldn’t be simpler!

So, if you know someone who deserves a bit of recognition for their efforts to help wildlife on their doorstep, or if your local school or community group is doing great things to give nature a helping hand, we want to hear from you.