30 Days Wild with Social Distancing

30 Days Wild has arrived for 2020!

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More information online here: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/30DaysWild

Bunny Old Wood Open Day

This event did not get listed in the Trust Whats On, but will be happening on  Sun 26th April  from 10 till 3 with a guided walk at 11am, children’s activities and info about woodland history. A great chance to visit an ancient woodland with the spring wildflowers in bloom – not only bluebells but the white of greater stichwort and yellows of the lesser cellandine

Car park on the left on the A60 climbing up out of Bunny village. Chris Terrell-Nield (0115 9374906).

By the way the full summer Wildlife Walks programme for Rushcliffe is now available in the Diary section.

Pub Quiz great success

Our third annual pub quiz at the Poppy and Pint in Ladybay was  the best ever. All the tables were taken (we could have filled more) and a good night was had by all. There were a few “stinkers” in the questions, which the quiz master claims are to separate the winning team from the rest, but others of us suspect it is just to see the confused looks on our faces ! All I will say is “Floating in the air” and Aled Jones. The winning team was only one point ahead and second place had to go to a tie break.

Besides a fun night, our object was to raise funds for NWT and this we also did making a total of £470. This is all “free” cash thanks to support from the Poppy & Pint in particular, but also Notts County FC, Notts County Cricket Club, West Bridgford ASDA, Clifton Morrisons + individual donations and of course the hard work of our quiz master Neil Glenn and all the South Notts LG “elves” who took money, sold raffle tickets and generally organized stuff etc etc.

Grizzeled Skippers on the Great Central Railway

The attached article looks at the work of the Grizzeled Skipper project along the East Leake section of the Nottingham to Loughborough line in promoting and expanding the habitat for the nationaly important Grizzeled Skipper butterfly. Rushcliffe is one of the most northerly outposts of this creature and they are particularly assocaited with railway lines, as there are further colonies along the Bingham to Melton line (and branch lines). The whole project is a great example of practical conservation at work and there are plans to expand into the Vale of Belvior. Article for GCR newsletter Feb 2019

WILDLIFE TRUST ACTIVITY IN RUSHCLIFFE

For a good few years now Rushclife Borough Council have been funding us under a Service Level Agreement to undertake additional work in Rushcliffe in terms of engagement, practical conversation etc. Follow this link Service level agreement report Jan -Dec 2018 for the 2018 report which gives quite a good idea of the range of work undertaken with Friends Groups, schools and landowners. It is fair to say even without SLA funding NWT would have undertaken some of this work from core funding (such as membership income), but a specific funding stream allows our Southern Conservation Officer (Ben Driver) to allocate more time to the area. And when you add on reserve management on our own reserves (not funded by RBC) you get some idea of the range of work undertaken. The Rushcliffe SLA is unusual in Nottinghamshire and I think only one or two Boroughs do anything similar.Service level agreement report Jan -Dec 2018

RUSHCLIFFE REPTILE & AMPHIBAIN SURVEY

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

Notts Wildlife Trust in Rushcliffe

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.

CELEBRATING RUSHCLIFFE AWARDS 2018

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.