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

Grizzeled Skipper Project

Rushcliffe is the location for a number of Grizzeled Skipper butterfly colonies at the northern end of it`s range, with known populations on the Bingham Linear Park, East Lake section of the Great Central Railway and at Langar airfield.The GS Project run by Notts BAG and Butterfly Conservation is seeking to improve those habitats to maintain and hopefully grow the population.

Attached is a report on the project from 2012 to 2016 the-grizzled-skipper-project-2012-to-2016-1

Also attached are details of the 2016/17 GS work party programme nottsbag-grizzled-skipper-practical-work-poster-2016-17_v2

South Notts Local Group

We are interested in hearing from local (Rushcliffe) members who might wish to join the SNG committee. We meet 8 times a year (usually Thurs evening). The object of SNG is to promote the work of the Trust and nature conservation locally, engage members of the public with that work and to fund raise. If you might be interested please contact Gordon Dyne on 0115 8784842 or

Pollinating early blossom

Insect hotel in apple tree

Insect hotel in apple tree

Our wildlife gardening articles highlight how important it is to provide places to hibernate over winter for the many types of insects beneficial to our gardens. And many of you are no doubt using ‘insect hotels’ of one sort or another for this purpose. If you have fruit trees or bushes, especially ones that produce blossom early in the spring, then you might like to try putting small insect hotels in your trees – as shown in this picture – so that pollinators will be ready and waiting as soon as the weather warms up and the blossom buds open!

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…