Under the ausoices of the Nottinghamshire Amphibain and Reptile Group (NARG) we are putting out an appeal for records of amphibains and reptiles seen in Rushcliffe. These can be posted online ( https://groups.arguk.org/nottsarg ) and will add to our understanding of these species distribution within Rushcliffe and the county. All that is required is date, species, number and location and a photo if possible (particularly important if it is something very unusual like an adder, sloworm or common lizard). And of couse records of the young ie tadpoles etc are equaly good evidence of presence.
Although you might think your few records from a garden pond say are not important, they can contribute to a much bigger picture confirminmg presence in an area and contributing to a better view of abundance.
For more infornation about the survey and reptile and amphbians in Rushcliffe see 2019 Rushcliffe Amphibian Survey final -v2
A few months ago NWT briefed Rushscliffe Borough Councilon NWT activities in Rushcliffe, which in part is funded by the council under a Service Level Agreement to promote nature conservation localy. This link Rushcliffe SLA Presentation to RBC June 2018 is the slide set from that and gives a very good idea of the range of activities being undertaken, both by staff and volunteers in 2017, but you can assume that 2018 is similar.
At a very good awards ceremony held at Beckett School local nature conservation groups & people were well represented. In the Environment Category the winner was Tim Williams & Ian Workman for their particular contributions to the Wilwell Farm Work Party (and also Wilford Claypits), but in addition the East Bridgford Wildlife Group were short listed for their work at Springdale Wood and Bridgford Street Meadow. In the Young Environmentalist category I am delighted to say that Samuel Mark won for his volunteer work at Skylarks and that the Rushcliffe Wildlife Group were also short listed. As was Bill Logan in the Volunteer of the Year category , Bill is an NWT Trustee but locally is a principal organizer of the Friends of Sharphill Wood.
So congratulations to the winners and short listed, but also a big thanks to all the other nature conservation related groups nominated (South Notts Ringing Group, Grizzeled Skipper Project, Radcliffe on Trent Conservation Volunteers, StMarys Convent, Whatton Prison) for their distinctive contributions to the natural environment of Rushcliffe.
It demonstrates how vibrant the local nature conservation community is, as that list could have easily been doubled.
In this years Spring Fair at Ruddington (Sat 18th May) we are hoping to extend the range of our crafts stall. Do you have any ideas/skills that might provide us with some different craft goods, particularly if it is wildlife themed ?
We would love to hear from you, as it would be assist us in our major fund raising exercise.
Once again South Notts Local Group will be running it`s world famous pub quiz at the Poppy & Pint (Lady Bay) to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The quiz will be Sunday 27th January, arrival time 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The questions will again be set by Neil Glenn.
But also as usual we are limited to 25 tables, with a team size at a MAXIMUM of four people, Cost £3.50per head,
As last year was a sell out (and we had a few reserve teams).so if you are interested you should book early to avoid disappointment. So if you want to reserve a table please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thanks to P&P/Castle Rock Brewery for giving us use of the room
Butterfly Conservation (East Midlands) have produced a summary for the Dingy and Grizzeled Skipper Project results for 2018. See attached 2018 DSandGS Project-progress report. The key conclusion for Rushcliffe is that Grizzeled Skippers are doing well in this area (Dingy Skippers are not found locally).
In part this is the result of the good work being done by the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group Grizzeled Skipper Project and as it happens they have released details of thier 2018/19 winter work party programme. So if you would like to help with this important project, for more details follow this link NottsBAG Grizzled Skipper Practical Work Poster 2018-19_V2
Do you live near Trent Bridge and would you like to help look after a site on the southern banks of the Trent, off Wilford Lane? If so, we have set two initial work party dates: Sunday October 28th and Sunday 11th November. We will be meeting up at the boardwalk entrance off Gresham Park Road (road leading to Emmanuel School) at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Work parties will be led on both occasions by Practical Conservation Volunteers (former TCV). Ben Driver (NWT) will be along on the day. Anyone is welcome to come down for part of the session if you are not available all day.
The WATCH group based at the Rushcliffe Country Park are appealing for additional volunteers to help them ensure the group can offer a wide range of activities and help young people to have fun, enjoy the outdoors and develop an awareness of the environment around them. For more information, please contact Lynn Victor, Wildlife Watch organiser, on 0115 9588242, or email : email@example.com.
For more details follow this link http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Watch-Vol-Poster-Rushcliffe-2018-1.pdf
The WATCH GROUP have published their Autumn programme. The Group is aimed at children between 8 and 13 years old (under 8`s must be accompanied) and usually meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month (11am to 1pm, suggested donation £2) at the Visitors Centre and aims to provide nature exploration, discovery games and practical outdoors activities. The programme includes Sat 8th Sept (Beetle “Drive”), Sat 13th Oct (An Apple a Day), Sat 10th Nov (A day in the life of an Oak Tree), Sat 8th Dec (End of year hootnanny). For more info contact Geoff East on 07804 297041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See poster http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Wildlife-Watch-programme-Autumn-2018-1.pdf