NEW! “OFF WITH THE BIRDS” – AN ONLINE WILDLIFE TALK

South Notts Local Group`s regular Winter Wildlife Talks programme is on hold, as it does not appear to be viable under a social distancing regime. But we are delighted to invite you to a FREE online trial of a talk, using Zoom. You will be able to join our expert speaker NEIL GLENN from the comfort of his own home with a slide talk  entitled …..

VALLEY PARADE: The birds and wildlife of the Lower Rio Grande Valley – We might not be able to visit them during travel restrictions, but Neil will help us enjoy the sights and sounds of some of our beautiful avian creatures from our own homes.
The talk is scheduled for Thursday 30th July with logging on from 7.15 pm, and starting at 7.30pm will last  about 60 minutes + breaks for questions. SNG hope you can join us for our experiment, but you will need to reserve an access slot in advance as numbers are limited. So to book a slot please follow this link https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2020-07-30-valley-parade-birds-and-wildlife-lower-rio-grande-valley and you will be sent the access permissions by E Mail.

This is a FREE event because we are experimenting with delivering talks in a new way and it would help us enormously if you would provide feedback via a short survey that we will email to you afterwards. Subject to your feedback, our plan is to organise an online Winter Wildlife Talks Programme and there will be a small charge to access these sessions. This will help us replace some of the vital fundraising activities we usually run to support Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in its work standing up for Wildlife in Rushcliffe and wider Nottinghamshire.

Of course some of you may not have used ZOOM before. For our talks the minimum requirement to see & hear the slide talk is either a PC/Laptop or Tablet with an internet connection and audio. A video cam is not essential for this event and if the E Mail containing the access link is on the same device, you do not need to install ZOOM software. For more details follow this link  Guidance Notes ZOOM – Participant

So, grab a mug of coffee (or something stronger) and settle down for a relaxing evening with Neil, the South Notts Local Group and the Birds of the Rio Grande Valley.

 

SOUTH NOTTS LOCAL GROUP (NOTTS WILDLIFE TRUST)

AGM 2019/20 run via Survey Monkey

between 1st May and 17th May 2020

As the conventional face to face AGM was not practical under current social distancing conditions, the South Notts Local Group opted to experiment running the AGM via Survey Monkey. A total of 17 people participated, whilist not brilliant, it is not much less than in conventional AGM`s. The Survey Monkey “meeting” was asked to ratify or otherwise the following set of documents

South Notts Local Group Minutes of 2018/19 AGM  Ratified = 12  Abstentions = 5

South Notts Local Group 2019-20 Chairs Report   Ratified = 16  Abstentions = 1

South Notts Local Group 2019-20 Accounts  Ratified = 15  Abstentions = 2

South Notts Local Group 2020-21 S Committee List  Ratified = 16  Abstentions = 1

The following comments were made (responses in BOLD)

Can we ask members whether they have any views on fund raising activities. One member has been ‘selling’ plants destined for the Spring Fair at her gate asking for donations. – Indeed one member in the absence of the Spring Fair one member has raised circa £75 selling plants at the end of her drive for donations and I believe at least one other member was planning to do similar. The idea has  been mentioned to other Spring Fair plant growers. It has also been suggested we try an run an Autumn “Spring” Fair and practicality of this will be considered at the next Local  Group Committee Meeting GD

We had a Silent Auction many years ago which raised a considerable sum (can we find out how much from financial records?). Such an event would have to be organised at least a year ahead and involves a lot of work and the problem of storage of auction items could rule it out. However, it might be worth considering because it has the potential to raise a substantial sum. – this idea will be considered at the next SNG committee meeting GD

What about online quizzes or activity packs that could be downloaded for a donation. I’m sure some parents would welcome activities to keep their children busy and stimulated during the lockdown. – again this idea will be raised at the next SNG committee meeting. But it will also be raised with the Local WATCH Group and also ask if the central Notts Wildlife Trust are looking at anything like this. GD

Update on Social Distancing – SNG is actively considering at how to continue activities in an environment where social distancing is likely to be around for a significant period of time, at least six months and very likely more. We are moving to committee meetings via ZOOM and will be considering what we might be able to do about walks & talks, fund raising etc in a challenging environment.

 

Any questions/views contact gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842

Rushcliffe Biodiversity Grants

This is open for bids again this year – first come first served. The grant from Rushcliffe Borough Council is straight forward, as is approval via RNCSIG and designed to provide small funding amounts to practical wildlife & conservation projects in Rushcliffe.
The form is attached including grant conditions – follow this link to download the form http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?attachment_id=1262
If you need clarification please get in touch – gordon.dyne@gmail.com

General Knowledge Pub Quiz – Sunday 2nd Feb

Back again for a third year, come along for a fun evening of general knowledge quizzing and also help raise funds for the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Once again we are being generously hosted by the Poppy & Pint at Pierrepont Rd, Lady Bay, West Bridgford NG2 5DX on Sunday 2nd Feb (7pm for a 7.30pm start). As in previous years teams are a maximum of 4 persons per table with an entrance charge of £3.50 per head. Tables are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment, by contacting Gordon Dyne on gordon.dyne@gmail.com or 0115 8784842.

South Notts Local Group (NWT) wish to acknowledge the support of Poppy & Pint (Castle Rock Brewery), ASDA, Nottingham Cricket Club and Notts County FC.

Attenborough Lifeline Appeal

It may come as a surprise for some to know that despite being cared for by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for almost six decades, Attenborough Nature Reserve still belongs to aggregates company CEMEX UK.

Following intensive negotiations with the company NWT have secured an opportunity to buy the reserve. So, with the backing of the general public, funders and our corporate members to name but a few, we need to raise £1 million to safeguard its future for people and wildlife.  As at the start of December some £60,000 has been donated and NWT has a grant application to the Landfill Communities Fund for £750,000 and expect to hear about this shortly.

This is why NWT have launched the Attenborough Nature Reserve Lifeline Appeal, backed by none other than Sir David Attenborough himself. Follow this link for more information and how to donate  –  https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/lifelineappeal

Sloworms at Wilwell Farm Cutting

We recently ran a reptile survey at Wilwell to see if the occasional Grass Snake records translated into a permenant presence. I the end we found no Grass Snakes, but did find that we had a previously unkown colony of Sloworms (a legless lizard). Sloworms are probably poorly recorded , being smaller and less obvious than snakes, growing to perhaps 40-50 cm`s. We are fairly confident it is an active population as we have found at least 10 individuals varying from juviniles to young adults and at least one older specimein.

There is however good evidence that Grass Snakes are active in the area around Wilwell (between Ruddington and Wilford)  including the Golf Course and do on occasion visit the reserve.

WHATTON PRISON WILDLIFE PROJECT RECIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Numerous projects have been carried out in the grounds of HMP Whatton in Rushcliffe, including creation and management of extensive wildflower areas, installation of bird feeding stations and nest boxes for birds (including swift and owl boxes) and bats manufactured in the craft workshop, shrub beds, walkways, small ponds and water gardens, bug houses, log piles and a wormery. These projects very much link to and support the biodiversity of the local area, with Bingham Linear Park and the River Smite being very close by.

The staff and prisoners are closely involved in all projects and the work closely ties in to rehabilitation, skill development and wellbeing, with the prisoner’s having an increased awareness of wildlife and the natural environment.

HMP Whatton has closely involved and engaged with external local partners on these projects, including Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, Swift Conservation, Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust organised and delivered a presentation/ demonstration event, centred on ponds and amphibians and further activity and projects are being planned for the future. The prisoner’s take part in monitoring wildlife, for instance recording bird and small mammals found in the habitat areas.

We are very pleased that HMP Whatton has received national recognition for the excellent nature conservation projects they are carrying out in the prison grounds. Their achievements have been recognised through the Ministry of Justice as they recently won the National Offenders Management Service (NOMS) Wildlife awards as outright winners in 2018. As partners, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust was pleased to attend a celebration event at the prison in September.

Ben Driver  (NWT Southern Conservation Officer)

 

WILWELL CUTTING NATURE RESERVE OPEN DAY

Visit the reserve in early summer, the Southern Marsh Orchids will be in flower along with a host of other wildflowers. We will be labelling many of them up, but in addition volunteers will run several guided walks round the site and will also have the South Notts nature table out. The open Day is on Saturday 1st June from 10 am till 4 pm and the reserve can be found on the B680 on the left just before the ring road bridge between Ruddington and Wilford Village. The entrance to the car park will be signed (Post Code NG2 7UT will get you very close, but not spot on. For a map of the reserve and general location see https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/wilwell-farm-cutting-nature-reserve

Gordon Dyne (Reserve Warden)

 

SOUTH NOTTS RINGING GROUP – 2018 REPORT

The bird ringing group have published thier annual report covering thier principal rinnging sites at Attenborough and Holme Pierrepont, see SNRG Report 2018  for details. But this year the ringing group have agreed to hold an “open morning” where people can come along and see thier work (and the birds) at close hand. This is on Sundaty 18th Aug at Skylarks Nature Reserve BUT numbers are limited in timed groups and to reserve a time slot please contact Gordon Dyne on gordon.dyne@gmail.com for more details.