Green Line Work Party

he Green Line will be having thier first working group of 2022 this Sunday (the 9th) starting at 10am for about 2 to 3 hours. We will meet at the Whitcliffe Gardens (Ludlow hill) entrance. We will be working around the site of the old footbridge about 100m to the North.
We’ll be outside so masks aren’t needed, but we can’t offer gloves due to the restrictions.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Need any more info contact cs.notts@gmail.com
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Grizzeled Skipper Project

A report from Chris Jackson about activities of the Grizzeled Skipper Project

I would like to say a great big thank you and well done to all of you for your help in taking forward the Grizzled Skipper Project this autumn. After a long break due to Covid-19, it has been really good to see many of you over the last couple of months.

During our first 5 work parties of this winter period, we have focused much of our effort on sites in the East Leake area and I am very pleased with our efforts and hope to see good results when we visit these sites in spring to see the butterfly on the wing. Your work has involved clearing scrub to open up or maintain open areas, clearing ballast piles that have been created to encourage egg laying and also planting up areas with two of the foodplants (agrimony and creeping cinquefoil) which some of you have been good enough to grow on in your greenhouses, from locally collected seed.

In the New Year we won’t get started again until Sunday 23rd January when we will be moving across to the south-east of the county and working at a great site close to Flawborough. We then have a further four work parties planned to take place across sites in south Notts. If you are able to join us your help would be very much appreciated and essential to the success of the project.

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard

Grizzeled Skipper – Jim Asher

Interested in helping, contact Christopher.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk

Grizzeled Skipper Work Parties are back

After last winter, without any volunteer work parties, I am very pleased to tell you all that we are back up and running and hoping to get the counties grizzled skipper sites back into tip top condition in time for the 2022 flight season.

Below are the dates that have been arranged and the sites on which we will be undertaking the work.

Sunday 31st October 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – hay raking & removal

Wednesday 17th November 2021 – Grange Farm, Normanton on Soar – scrub clearance

Sunday 21st November 2021 –  GCRN, East Leake Station Cutting – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Granby Disused Railway – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Sunday 12th December 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle – scrub clearance

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur – scrub clearance

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath – scrub clearance

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry – scrub clearance

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard – scrub clearance.

(all work parties will start at 10am and will finish between 3pm and 3.30pm)

You will notice that the first work party will soon be upon.  On Sunday 31st October (next Sunday) we will be heading across to the Great Central Railway at East Leake and working on the cutting just to the north of Barnstone Tunnel. The grassland in the cutting was cut recently and the main aim of the work party will be to clear the arisings and also to maintain the ballast piles that we have created in the cutting and that have proved to be ideal sites for egg laying for this butterfly species.  If you are able to join us next weekend than please let me know and I will send you meeting instructions early next week.  christopher.jackson@nottscc.gov.uk

Chris Jackson – Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group

Bat Boxes at Cotgrave Country Park

Cotgrave CP Friends Group were successful in receiving funding from Rushcliffe B.C. to purchase Bat Boxes to put up in the Country Park to provide nesting and hibernation sites for the bats we know fly through the park. These have been made by Notts Bat Group volunteers, a great local charity who have run Bat Walks for us this year.
NBG will be helping our volunteers to put up about 30 boxes in the woodland in the park this Sunday 10 October starting from 1000am. If you want to hold a ladder , lift a box, or are just curious then why not pop down and see us?
All the boxes will be numbered and then can be surveyed by NBG trained recorders over the coming years.
Our Friends Group will also be putting up our Gazebo on the “Fun Day Field” alongside Ginger and Blue Coffee. Come and talk to us and why not become a member of our group to help us do more great things to preserve and improve the Park.

The Great Big Green Week: A Wilder East Bridgford –


Saturday, 25 September 2021 | Sunday, 26 September 2021 at East Bridgford Village Hall, East Bridgford, England. Find event and ticket information on this link

 
East Bridgford Wildlife and Biodiversity Group

Big Green Week – Carbon Literacy Course

Carbon Literacy Course

Winter Wildlife Talks

South Notts Local Group is delighted to announce it`s Winter Wildlife Talks programme will be returning again this autumn. It will be on ZOOM again this year enabling us to draw in speakers from around the country and make the talks accessible to people across Rushcliffe and elsewhere for that matter.
 
As with the venue based talks we are still looking to provide a varied range of wildlife related topics and we start on the 7th October with one about the Wildflowers of Verges and Reserves with Gerald Ponting, followed by Gardening for Butterflies on Nov 4th with Max and Christine Maughan. After that we will be going to Scotland, South Africa and deepest darkest Kirklington. For full details of the six talk programme (and details of how to book) follow this link http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=234
 
You will need is a laptop or tablet (with an internet link) and the ZOOM app downloaded (you will not need a ZOOM account). Links will be stated on the ticket.
 
So join us on a dark evening for a taste of summer from the comfort of your own home.

The Hook Lady Bay

Discover the wildflowers of The Hook nature reserve next weekend on a self-guided trail. You’ll be able to stroll at your own pace and see plants labelled with their name, but also a bit about their wildlife value and how they have been used as food and medicine.
The trail will start at the Mona Road entrance, take the first path through the orchard, past the pond through the central area and then back along the edge of the wildflower meadow.
It’s strictly a lo-tech approach, with laminated signs and arrows to guide you, but we’d love to see your photos. You can email them to friendsofthehook@gmail.com or you can upload them to our Facebook page.
The signs will stay in place after the weekend for a few days if there is continuing interest.