The South Notts Local Group AGM is on Thur 19th Apr, followed by a talk by the Keeping It Wild Young Peoples Group (Notts Wildlife Trust) on their work and activities. 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission free. We are interested in hearing from anyone who might be interested in joining the committee for 2018/19 and help us in our work promoting and interest in wildlife locally and supporting the work of Notts Wildlife Trust. If you want to know more please contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842

The Award Winning Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group goes from strength to strength

The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group has been voted winners of the prestigious ‘Wildlife Watch Group of the year’ for 2017 by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. The announcement made last week said;

This year, the winner of the Wildlife Watch Group of the Year Awards is Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Well done Rushcliffe! This fantastic group is really led by the children – they spent lots of time outdoors (a must for a Watch group!) and lots of their members have won Hedgehog Awards this year by helping wildlife in their area. 

Their group has a knitted hedgehog mascot called Mr Hedgehog. The children take it in turns to take Mr Hedgehog on adventures, completing his diary over the course of the year. In 2017 they made treats for the birds, built a minibeast hotel, picked litter, went on a fungi hunt… and that was just a few of their sessions! “

Judge Ellie Bottomley said: “A fun, creative and enthusiastic group who impressed me with their hedgehog diary of wild adventures which carried on outside of group activities!”

Judge Ben Cook said: “This group is really led by what the children want to do. A good mix of fun and learning: great!”

The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group meets every second Saturday of the month throughout the year, (bar August) at the Education Room in Rushcliffe Country Park – whatever the weather.

The group, which is the junior section of the Wildlife Trusts, is aimed at children aged from 8-13, though there is no strict age restriction at the Rushcliffe group, as there are some younger siblings that enjoy the sessions very much and the group always welcomes new members with open arms.

The next session is Saturday 10th March 11:00 – 13:00 at the education room in Rushcliffe Country Park, when the group will be discovering all about Myths, Monsters and Folk Tales associated with the natural world. Be prepared to be spookily entertained.

Then on Saturday 14th April it’s all about Wormholes! A most varied and fascinating subject.

For further information, contact Geoff East on 07804 297041/ Geast@nottswt.co.uk.

Pub Quiz great success

The pub quiz at the {Poppy & Pint last Sunday was a great success, with 25 teams and nearly 100 people taking part  There were some demanding questions, badger bonus rounds and spot questions. The winning team got a cracking 83 out of 100 points.

We raised around £418 from entrance fees, raffle and sale of wooly badgers.to help the work of NWT in Rushcliffe and across the county. A big thanks to Niel Glenn, our question setter, to the rest of the team who collected money and tore up raffle tickets et al. But also to the Poppy & Pint who allowed us use of the room (and a prize), but also Castle Rock Brewery, Notts County Football Club, Notts County Cricket Club who also contributed to the prizes, as well as Boots, and Sue Reesby who provided raffle prizes.


Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards

The search is on for wildlife heroes from across the county as we seek nominations for the 2018 Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards. We’re looking to recognise indivduals, groups, business, schools, in fact anyone that is going the extra mile to help wildlife in their local area. Nottingamshire Wildlife Trust is built on local action and we believe that it is essential to highlight the efforts of those who are doing their bit to make our county better for wildlife and people. We’ll be making awards right across the county thanks to the support of both CEMEX UK and EDF Energy (Cottam & West Burton).

The closing date for nominations is March 5th and should be sent to communications@nottswt.co.uk

To find out more about the awards visit our website

Pub Quiz at Poppy and Pint

Join us for the South Notts Local Group General Knowledge Pub Quiz, this time at Castle Rocks Poppy and Pint in Lady Bay, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford  (NG2 5DX), on 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 gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842 to reserve a place.

You could also help us by donating raffle and tombola prizes to use at the Pub Quiz and also the Spring Fair. If you have anything you would be prepared to donate please contact me on gordon.dyne@gmail.com


Mistletoe is strongly associated with Christmas, but did you know Mistletoe grows in Rushcliffe?

Last year Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group (RNCSIG) carried out a Mistletoe survey, which was very successful and generated over 25 records, 14 of which were from locations in West Bridgford.

We now know that Mistletoe grows in Aslockton, Cropwell Bishop, Edwalton, Gamston, Keyworth, Lady Bay, Radcliffe on Trent, Ruddington Tollerton and West Bridgford. RNCSIG wants to find out how common it is in those areas and if it grows elsewhere in Rushcliffe.

We are interested in mistletoe because it supports a wide range of wildlife, some of which can be rare and adds value to the biodiversity of an area. Winter is a particularly good time to spot it in the trees and it has a characteristic appearance, as illustrated by the photo of Mistletoe in a West Bridgford tree.

If you are new to the survey and suspect that Mistletoe is growing in a local tree, please let RNCSIG know by completing the online record at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R_mistletoe. Also, if you participated last year and spotted some new locations we’d also be very pleased to hear from you.

Some mistletoe facts:

  • In Britain it grows mainly in the SW Midlands of England.

  • Most of the seasonal mistletoe harvest comes from traditional apple orchards – apple being mistletoe’s favourite host tree. 

  • Mistletoe’s other primary habitat is in gardens where it is usually planted on fruit, particularly apple trees. It also grows on many other trees including pear, lime and silver-birch.

  • There is some evidence that they are species specialist and so their seeds germinate more readily on the species that the parent plant is growing on.

  • It is a parasitic plant and is known as a hemiparasite as it still uses photosynthesis to create energy.

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Co Op Community Funding

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).

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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:

  1. Skylarks Nature Reserve – tools and reserve improvements (NWT city group/Keeping it Wild) – (we received £1284.00 for this in April 2017)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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!!!