It is very distressing to report that over the past few months we have been made aware of a number of incidents, including two we are currently investigating, of developers carrying out vegetation clearance without sufficient survey checks for breeding birds.
Whilst vegetation clearance is often agreed as part of a planning permission, responsible developers should schedule this work to take place outside the bird nesting season (indeed this is often stated as part of planning conditions) and work which has to take place at sensitive times should only be carried out following a thorough site survey by a suitably qualified ecologist.
In the recent cases it would appear that construction workers have begun clearance work without such checks, leaving themselves and the developers at risk of prosecution and reputational damage. We will continue to raise these cases with planning departments and directly with developers but we would urge any member seeing work such as vegetation stripping of long grass swards, tree felling or hedgerow clearance during the nesting season (February to the end of August) to contact the
relevant planning authority.
Speaking about this worrying issue our Head of Conservation Janice Bradley MBE said “If you see work that looks like it could be destroying nesting habitat or even good foraging habitat in the middle of the nesting season, please contact your local planning department. Don’t assume that the work has been authorised or that adequate surveys have been carried out – in our experience this is often not the case and our recent experience suggests this issue is getting worse. Planning Departments, Natural England and the Environment Agency don’t have the resources to properly monitor planning conditions so we are often left as a last line of defence. Anything we can do together to help prevent destruction of nests and to raise awareness of bad practice could be crucial in protecting birds and their young.”
on Sat 16th June 10 till 4, we will be labeling up plants of interest and also be running a few guided walks round, as well as having the SNG nature table up. The reserve is on the road between Ruddington and Wilford on the left just before the Ring Road Bridge. The entrance will be signed and there is car parking or you could use the number 3 bus.
Rushcliffe Borough Council have released the latest draft of the plan for housing and industrial land allocation in our area. A weighty tome, the key pieces of information are the maps showing land to be allocated and once these areas are allotted outline planning permission is pretty much a formality (the detailed permissions would however be open to challenge) and equally important land not allocated (except for bits and bobs) will have a presumption against being built on for the foreseeable future (unless a government ups housing targets).
Have not had a chance to look in detail, but I don`t think any obvious designated wildlife sites are directly effected, but we will need to pore over the maps. What is quite good news is that the land to the west of Sharphill Wood seems not to have been allocated so hopefully the wood will get completely surrounded, which is a worry. Of course chunks of countryside adjacent to many Rushcliffe towns and villages will be built on, but under National Planning guidelines the choice is pretty much not if, but where. In addition RBC have put in policies that should help protect designated wildlife sites and green corridors. Of course the devil is in the details and any policy on any topic always contains caveats.
Notts Wildlife Trust and Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group (RNCSIG) will be taking a look at the allocated sites and nature conservation policies and commenting, both on issues of concern and also supporting policies etc that we think are reasonable. If you want to know more please follow this link to the RBC web site
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But individuals have as much right to comment on the plan as groups and organizations and whilst we will limit themselves to commenting on wildlife related issues, individuals can comment on other issues of local concern. You can be sure building companies will be commenting on the local plan to try to shape it to their benefit.
There will be a Public Enquiry in due course and any comments must be in to RBC by Thurs 28th June.
We can still accomodate a few more Pub Quiz Teamson the 11th Feb – for details see item below.
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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South Notts Local Group is putting out an appeal for raffle and tombola prizes to use at the Pub Quiz and also the Spring Fair, to assist in raising funds for NWT. If you have anything you would be prepared to donate please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are running a pub quiz again, but this time at Castle Rocks Poppy and Pint in Lady Bay, West Bridgford. This one will be 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 email@example.com to reserve a place.
Every year the Trust gives the Treswell Award in recognition of long service of a volunteer. The award is named after the first woodland the Trust ever purchased and first presented it to John McMeeking who was heavily involved in that acquisition (and indeed many other sites). This year it was presented to a local member namely Gordon Dyne for his work as Reserve Warden at Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve, with the South Notts Local Group, Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy and as a Trustee of Notts Wildlife Trust over a period of over 20 years.
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.