Autumn in South Notts


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

Sat 15th Nov – Countryside in Winter – a day long walk out from Ruddington Country Park looking at Fairham Brook/Bunny Moor etc – 8-10 miles, snack at Rancliffe Arms. Meet 10 am at Rushcliffe Environment Centre. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842

But I am afraid Summer is waning and the time is fast approaching for our 2014/15 Talks Programme. The talk in November is 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. The December talk will look at Nature Conservation along the Fairham Brook. 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


DANES (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society) are holding their annual Insect Exhibition on Sat 15th Nov at Derby University, this is the societyes Centenary Year. Those who have been before will know it is a splendid event for all things insecty (and a few things that aren`t). It is FOC and for more information follow this link to the DANES web site


Introduction to Winter Tree Identification

This is a free course for Rushcliffe volunteers and residents supplied in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Rushcliffe Country Park  on Saturday 15th November 2014 – 11am – 3pm

This course would be particularly suitable for any new conservation volunteers, who may be helping out with winter scrub removal. It would also be of interest to anybody who would like to improve their tree/ shrub survey skills. To reserve a place please phone Ben Driver or Claire Sambridge at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on 0115 958 8242 or book via email to (please put ‘Rushcliffe Winter Tree Id Course booking’ in the subject line).

Vale of Belvior Barn Owl Conservation Group


The Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group are presenting a conservation evening on Friday 12th December 2014 at Waltham on the Wolds Village Hall near Melton Mowbray. Professor Ian Newton, OBE, FRS, Vice President of the RSPB and recent past Chairman of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) will be giving an illustrated talk on the Sparrowhawk. Also, three other expert speakers with illustrated talks on bat detectors, Lincolnshire and Vale of Belvoir peregrines and the ecological benefits of maintaining the Grantham Canal. There will also be a number of conservation related information stands: East Midlands Butterfly Conservation, Grantham Canal Society, Leicestershire and Rutland Bat Group, Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group, Bumblebee conservation and the best garden plants for bees, supplementary winter farmland bird feeding and Muston Meadows National Nature Reserve.
Cost only £6. for full details email  or telephone 01949 844319 or see       

Nottinghamshire Nature Book

Local wildlife photographer Jack Perks is trying to spread the message of my upcoming book as well as raise funds to pay for the printing of it, i was hoping you could post the links on any pages you run or send round a mail list to see if people would be interested in the project and helping with it. I’m currently producing the counties first book on its wildlife as a whole covering Sherwood Forest, the River Trent and the city itself with a mixture of local information and stunning imagery.  I’m looking for support for the project ideally with sponsorship to help pay for the cost of printing. Supporting the book would help promote many tourist attractions in the county as well as showing off many rare and beautiful species that many people may know very little about. Being attached to the project also has a strong green message being associated with a nature project.Currently there are no other books on the market that cover this subject so getting this photographic book up and running is something I’m looking forward to getting underway. If you would like to know more information or become involved in some way then feel free to get in touch. Link   and Notts TV Piece   If this is something you are interested in Jack can be contacted on

Nottinghamshire Mammal Records Atlas

Michael Walker (County Mammal Recorder) has produced a provisional atlas of Nottinghamshire Mammal which shows all recording to date.  What is clearly shown is that many of our common species are very poorly recorded in the county so all records would be welcome indeed.   I don’t think House Mouse is one of the rarest species in Notts! The atlas is available from

Grizzeled Skipper Project


The project is looking to build on the success of previous grizzled skipper work parties and would like to invite you all to join me yet again this winter to undertake some more volunteer work on sites that provide important habitat to support the Grizzled Skipper butterfly across the south Nottinghamshire network of sites (including in Rushcliffe). I am still talking with landowners to confirm access agreements are in place but in the meantime I am proposing to hold this year’s volunteers work parties on Saturday 8th November 2014 Sunday 7th December 2014,  Saturday 24th January 2015, Sunday 22nd February 2015 – all  are 10 am to 3pm, meeting point to be confirmed and if you would like to be notified of the meeting points once available, please E Mail

As a result of our efforts last year we have once again seen some very quick and positive responses (during the spring) from the very species that we have been trying to assist with our work. In mid-May earlier this year, a Grizzled Skipper butterfly was seen at its most northerly location on the disused railway line between Cotham and Newark (several hundred meters north of any previous records).  A day later we heard of yet more success on the disused railway running between Bingham and Barnstone, a Grizzled Skipper was seen on the wing on the section of the railway near to Granby.  This was the first sighting for a minimum of ten years (possibly fifteen). I hope this news will inspire you to join us once again this winter.

Chris Jackson (Notts Biodiversity Action Group Officer)

A supplementary – congrats to Butterfly Conservation on their successful bid, in which SITA will be funding a new project to enhance Grizzeled Skipper habitats in the Vale of Belvior. Part of the logic behind this project is as an extension to the already succesful south Nottinghamshire GS project and of course improvments in the GS population in areas adjacent to Rushcliffe will also benefit our GS populations in the future. So good news all round.