A book concerning the history and present day wildlife of Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve, Ruddington’s Hidden Valley, has been given to the Ruddington Library. The book was compiled by Tim Williams one of the Nottinghamshire Wildife Trust volunteers and presented by Gordon Dyne the warden of the reserve. It will be available permanently for reference. The book contains photographs illustrating the sites early days from 1895 as an important railway line connecting the industrial north of England to the metropolitan area and beyond to the proposed Victorian Channel tunnel which began construction in 1882.
Today its 20 acres has a wide variety of natural habitats where wild orchids thrive in two wild flower meadows. Many types of birds live in the hawthorn scrub and marsh areas support willow and rushes. Badgers have constructed several sets and squirrels chase among the tree tops. The Reserve is of interest at any time of the year.
You can request to see a copy at the library or Ctrl & click on this link to see the online version of Tim`s Wilwell Photo Album
The butterflies of Cotgrave Forest in Rushclife, Nottinghamshire include a number of woodland rarities such as Dark Green Fritillary. White Letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak and Silver Washed Fritillary. (not to mention at least 21 other species of butterfly found in the area). Because of this the area around the Forest and Cotgrave has been identified under the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy as one of our primary foci for concerted nature conservation development.
The objective is to develop a Landscape Scale conservation outlook linking the Forest with the wider countryside through improved wildlife corridors along hedgerows and green lanes and looking at creating woodland copses to create “stepping stones” across to adjacent woodland areas, but also looking at the possibilities for other wildlife friendly features such as ponds, wildflower meadows, road verges etc. The mantra of the vision for this area is Better, Bigger and More Connected.
To make this happen a Focal Area steering group is exploring contacts with Cotgrave Forest woodland plot owners, Woodlands for Sale, adjacent farmers, but also looking to reach out further to other woodland owners, the Highway Agency, Cotgrave Country Park, local golf courses, solar farms etc etc. The long term hope is to link up with the larger, more extensive Trent Valley Living Landscape Project being developed by Notts Wildlife Trust.
If you want to know more please contact email@example.com or you can go to www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/environmentandwaste/countryside/natureconservation/ for details of the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy.
Drop into Skylarks Nature Reserve for a Moth trapping session from 8.30 pm onwards. If you need more info contact Katie Last 0115 9588242 or klast@nottswt/co.uk.
Gotham Nature Reserve Trust are running their third Strawberry Tea to raise funds for Gotham Sandbanks on Sunday 25th June (2 till 4.30pm) at the Gotham Hall Church (opposite church).
These are run every year by Notts Wildlife Trust to recognise local efforts to promote wildlife and nature conservation around the county. This year the following people and groups were nominated for the Rushcliffe area Derek Rudge (Wilford Claypits), Stonepit Wood Group, South Notts Bird Ringing Group and the Grizzeled Skipper Project.
But the well deserved winners were
Jenny Craig – Jenny is one of the mainstays of the Friends of Bingham Linear Park for many years, both in the administration where she acts as the groups secretary, but also on the practical side where she leads the monthly site work party, leads a programme of site walks in the summer, is an active recorder of the sites butterfly populations (as well as providing analysis of the results). Jenny is the sort of person who is the cornerstone of good local practical conservation.
Gotham Sandbanks Nature Reserve Trust – Gotham Sandbanks is part of one of a handful of SSSI`s in Rushcliffe and includes a range of interesting and uncommon (for the area) wildflowers, such us harebell, greater knapweed, ladies bedstraw, common centuary, hoary plantain, common restharrow and over the last 10 years some 83 other types of flora, plus at least 11 species of grass. The site was gradually deteriorating with taller grasses and scrub encroaching on the remaining fragment of species rich grassland within the sandbank itself. But funding from Higher Level Stewardship was obtained to allow the Trust to put up stock proof fencing around an extended area of the species rich grassland. In the winters of 2013 and 2014 local volunteers put in a great effort brushcuting the open grassland in both years and clearing the area of encroaching scrub and clearing the fence lines, with the fencing going in during 2014. Whilst all this was going on there has been survey work carried out recording flora, birds, butterflies etc, as well as getting the local school involved in outdoor activities. This is all the start of a long process, but in the last 4 years far more has been achieved by the Nature Reserve Trust than was thought possible.
The South Notts Local Group 2016/17 AGM saw the following ratified as the committee for 2017/18 are Gordon Dyne (Chair), Jacquie Glenn (Secretary), Valerie Holt (Treasurer), Margie Richards, Graham Leigh Brown, Niel Glenn, Judith Booth, Cath Lovatt, Cally Keetly, and Chris Overton. For the AGM minutes and accounts follow these links NOTTINGHAMSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST AGM Minutes 2017 and SNG Accounts 1617
Notts Biodiversity Action Group are currently running a project in Bulwell to support our native white-clawed crayfish (a LBAP species). The project, at Bulwell Hall, is seeking to control and eventually eradicate signal crayfish from two fishing ponds at this site. Bulwell sits within the River Leen catchment and this is currently one of the best catchments for white-clawed crayfish in the East Midlands. Signal crayfish (as well as other American crayfish species) carry crayfish plague which causes mortality in the native white-clawed crayfish when it comes into contact with infected individuals.
As a result this is an incredibly important project to try to stop the signal crayfish from spreading into the wider River Leen catchment. In order for the project to work we require the assistance of a large numbers of volunteers. The volunteers will help with emptying the traps, recording the catch and then sterilising and returning the larger male crayfish. We will provide gloves, life vests, waders (as close to your size as possible) and other equipment. If you are interested in getting involved and are free on any of the dates below then please feel free to contact Chris Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 6th May, Tuesday 9th May, Friday 12th May, Monday 15th May, Thursday 18th May, Sunday 21st May, Wednesday 24th May, Saturday 27th May, Tuesday 30th May, Friday 2nd June, Monday 5th June, Thursday 8th June, Sunday 11st June, Wednesday 14th June, Saturday 17th June, Tuesday 20th June, Friday 23rd June, Monday 26th June, Thursday 29th June
More details about crayfish in Nottinghamshire can be found on the NottsBAG website (there is a leaflet at the bottom of the projects and publications page – I’m afraid it may be slightly out of date due to recent survey work).
Gotham Nature Reserve Trust are running a photograph competition the final date for enteries is Oct 2017, so if you are interested there is plenty of time. I understand there are prizes donated by Jessops, London Camera Exchange and Waterstones. For full details of the competition see this link GNR photo competition rules 2017
Come and see some of Rushcliffes fabulous wildlife heritage. Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve will be running it`s annual Open Day on Saturday 3rd of June with a programme of guided walks round the reserve looking at the sites varied display of summer wildflowers. From 10 till 4 with a regular programme of guided walks round the site and also a nature table. The site walks programme with Gordon the Warden is as follows 10 am, 11.30 am 1.30 pm and 3 pm.
For a map and more info about the reserve go to Wilwell Factsheet for a downloadable pdf.
This is part of a programme of wildlife walks and visits being run in the Rushcliffe area by volunteers on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. For more details of other walks go to the Diary Tab – Out and About.with Wildlife
The reserve is on the B680 running between Wilford and Ruddington (NG2 7UT), the entrance track is just by the ring road bridge and will be signed. Car parking available.
Is on Saturday 20th May 9.30 to 12.00 at St Peters Rooms, Ruddington (opposite the church NG11 6HA).
To help raise funds to support the work of Notts Wildlife Trust we will be selling a wide range of Plants, Homemade Cakes, Pre-owned CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records. Win prizes at our Tombola and enjoy a relaxing drink at our Café. In addition we will have our nature table on display.
For venue map see http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=95