Wilwell Nature Reserve Open Day

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.

Rushcliffe Service Level Agreement

For many years now Rushcliffe Borough Council has been supporting Notts Wildlife Trust in carrying out nature conservation related work around the Borough. Particularly in helping to set up and support Friends of Groups, wildlife education visits and running the successful Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum.  In helping to fund this work Rushcliffe created a model that NWT would like to encourage all local councils to follow and indeed some have.

As part of Service Level Agreement NWT produces an annual report of both its work funded by RBC, but also outlining its other work locally such a management of it`s own nature reserves, as well as the activities of the South Notts Local Group promoting an interest in wildlife and nature conservation.

A copy of the report is posted here and it gives a great insight into the variety of work, often unsung, that Notts Wildlife Trust undertakes locally Service level agreement report 2016 (1)

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 gordon.dyne@gmail.com.

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!

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
reserve
• 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
bdriver@nottswt.co.uk 0115 958 8242 or Paul Phillips, Rushcliffe Borough Council phillips@rushcliffe.gov.uk

Book your place by following this link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rushcliffe-nature-conservation-forum-tickets-27145992394

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 http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=788