2017-18 WILDLIFE TALKS PROGRAMME
Thur 7th Dec – Giants of the Forest – Redwoods of California with Mike Davey. An exploration of the natural history of these huge trees in their native environment and that of similar species brought to this country by Victorian plant hunters. 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: £3; children: free.
Thur 4th Jan – Bees by Andrew Barber Chair of Nottinghamshire Beekeepers Association) talking about their life cycle, food plants, and importance to the natural world. 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: £3; children: free.
For full Talks programme follow this link http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?p=952
For future Wildlife Walks and visits see http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=231
Very happy to announce that last week we had three new projects funded, so if you are a Co Op member please consider choosing one of these as your funding option (BEVS and Skylarks are Rushcliffe based projects).
- Infrastructure for conservation grazing at Foxcovert Nature Reserve (linked to Gedling Local Group) –https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/17587 (we will receive approx. £2,000 for this in Dec 2018)
- Green Rangers youth volunteering at Skylarks Nature Reserve (linked to the Keeping It Wild Youth Group) –https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/14852 (we will receive approx. £2,666 for this in Dec 2018)
- Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (NWT) – https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/14394 (we will receive approx. £5,166for this in Dec 2018)
Also, we now have the final figures raised through the four current/previous projects – these being:
- Skylarks Nature Reserve – tools and reserve improvements (NWT city group/Keeping it Wild) – (we received £1284.00 for this in April 2017)
- Wild Science – educating kids about nature (Attenborough Education Programme – linked to Beeston Wildlife Group) –https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/7943 (we will receive £2362.84 for this in Dec this year)
- Keeping it Wild roadshow of events (NWT) – https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/10489 (we will receive £1802.91 for this in Dec this year)
- Pondemonium! Wilford’s Wetland Wonders (linked to South Notts Local Group) – https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/10863 (we will receive £1958.05 for this in Dec this year)
So that’s at least £17,000 income from the Co-op in total spread over two years – a very good reason to like the Co-op at the moment!!!
South Notts Local Group is putting out an appeal for raffle and tombola prizes to use at the Pub Quiz and also the Spring Fair, to assist in raising funds for NWT. If you have anything you would be prepared to donate please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are running a pub quiz again, but this time at Castle Rocks Poppy and Pint in Lady Bay, West Bridgford. This one will be Sunday 11th February starting 7.30 pm. Teams of up to a maximum of four people at a cost of £2.50 per head and we can take a maximum of 25 teams. Book early to avoid disappointment, contact email@example.com to reserve a place.
Every year the Trust gives the Treswell Award in recognition of long service of a volunteer. The award is named after the first woodland the Trust ever purchased and first presented it to John McMeeking who was heavily involved in that acquisition (and indeed many other sites). This year it was presented to a local member namely Gordon Dyne for his work as Reserve Warden at Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve, with the South Notts Local Group, Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy and as a Trustee of Notts Wildlife Trust over a period of over 20 years.
The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society are running their annual insect exhibition at INSECT SHOW on Saturday 11th November 10.30-4.30 Brackenhurst Campus (Nottingham Trent University) on A612 just south of Southwell NG9 0QF
Come and explore the amazing world of insects. There will be a large number of fascinating and educational displays including live exhibits. There will also be various items for sale. There will be something to interest both adults and youngsters, whether you know anything about insects or not. A series of talks will also run throughout the day. Enjoy a browse, and take a break in the café for a cuppa. See www.danes-insects.org.uk
ENTRANCE AND PARKING ARE FREE Access and WC are suitable for wheelchairs. Nottingham-Southwell bus stops outside.
Please find attached the answers to the NWT quiz sheet NWT Quiz sheet definitive Neil version J 2013 after J 2016. The winner is Colin Barson from Brinsley with a perfect 40 out of 40 and the the £5 random draw winner is our own NEIL PINDER!
Please find a link for the NottsBAG Grizzled Skipper Practical Work Poster 2017-18_V1 which will work on habitat management for this locally rare butterfly (South Notts is it`s most northerly colonies. Obviously the venues are still being decided but mostly are in the Rushcliffe and immediately adjacent areas. If you are interested in helping this, please get in touch with Chris Jackson for further details.
Attached is the Notts Wildlife Trust response to a planning application for gravel extraction at Barton in Fabis Barton in Fabis proposed Quarry NWT Response Redacted October 2017. Although in the long term (10 – 20 years down the line) it will result in the creation of a lake (set to become a relatively common habitat along the Trent valley because of gravel extraction). But it will also cause damage to and loss of a number of designated Local Wildlife Sites. The totality of these LWS`s across Rushcliffe is about 5% of the Boroughs area.
NWT feels that such scarce habitat should not be sacrificed today in the hope of achieving some sort of mitigation decades down the line, as the creation of a rich complex habitat of plants, invertebrates etc will take decades to evolve. The sowing of a species rich grassland mix is just the start of a long process. It is also worth noting that there is no guarantee the site will end up as a “proper” nature reserve.
Where for example the East Leake gravel pit was extended a few years ago, across farmland, the Trust took the view that it would not represent a significant loss of habitat and therefore concentrated on achieving the best possible habitat mitigation. But again the ponds created will return to the landowner who may then do with them as he wishes, they become wildlife habitat NOT nature reserves.
Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids. There are 150,000 Wildlife Watch members around the UK and hundreds of local Watch groups where young people get stuck into environmental activities. Taking part in Wildlife Watch is an exciting way to explore your surroundings and get closer to the wildlife you share it with.
The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group meets every second Saturday of the month (except august) at the Education Centre in Rushcliffe Country Park. Sessions generally run from 11:00am through to 1pm and always involve some fun and games, which are usually outside in the Country Park- weather permitting. The Watch is appropriate for children from age 8 to 13, though we do have some younger ones in the group and our activities are always tailored to be inclusive.
The children are really enthusiastic have recently built a monster Bug Hotel in the Country Park. Earlier in the year they made bird boxes, discovered about the ‘Jurassic’ Country Park and at our most recent session ‘went wild’ in the country park, hugged a few trees, made some noise and played the ‘smelly sock game’ – ugh you may think – but actually quite brilliant.
At our next session on Saturday October 14th, we are really excited, as we have ‘Hawks of Steele’ coming to visit and they will be bringing some amazing birds of prey to the park. This will be a great opportunity to get close to some of our wonderful raptors and to learn all about them. Then on November 11th, we have the Notts. Fungi Group coming over for a ‘Fungi Foray’. We will be introduced to a great variety of mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi and will be great fun as we are bound to discover lots of weird and wonderful specimens. Finally for 2017, our meet on December 9th is ‘Party Time’.
And the best thing about joining Wildlife Watch is that you’ll be helping to care for the wildlife where you live! Isn’t that great?
So, if you would like to see what it is all about, come along to one of our advertised sessions, or contact Geoff East, one of the group leaders by e-mail Geoff.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 07804 297041. Alternatively, call Lynn Victor at Notts Wildlife Trust on 01159 588 242.
Notts Wildlife Trust recently produced an interim report for 2017 on the Rushcliffe Borough Council Service Level Agreement that helps fund NWT work in Rushcliffe. I thought members might be interested in it so if you are please follow this link.
Janice Bradley (NWT Head of Conservation) commented “ It struck me that whilst we often discuss particular projects and issues, we rarely report on the day to day conservation work that carries on in the background, quietly protecting and conserving our habitats and species. So I thought it was interesting to see the latest Rushcliffe SLA report from Ben, which provides a great summary of our wide-ranging conservation work in the Borough.
The report illustrates really well how our SLA conservation and education work, paid for by RBC, complements our core-funded land advisory and planning work, our reserve management, our major externally funded projects for Badger Vaccination and at Skylarks, and of course the sterling work of the South Notts Local Group. You can see from the report that the volunteer time committed by the SNLG members for walks and talks, and other volunteer activities, such as the Bunny Wood RMC, are greatly valued by RBC. This is now our 12th year of this SLA, which is renewed every 3 years, and the fact that it has still continued, despite heavy LA cuts, shows the value of the strong and productive relationship built up between RBC officers, Ben (and Gaynor and myself before) and the SNLG over many years. Seen together, this shows the range of conservation delivery in this Borough, further increased in this current quarter (Jul-Sep) by the Wetlands Landscapes for All funds that are being spent at the Hook and Skylarks.”
For the full report please follow this link