Notts BAG Forum 10th March

Notts Biodiversity Action Group

We have some exciting news to share with you regarding our Annual Forum Event 2021. This year’s event will be held online on Wednesday 10th March. We have been working with our partners at NTU to plan an online event, featuring 4 fantastic talks and an afternoon of amazing workshops, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

This year’s event theme is “Rewilding and Landscape Scale Approaches to Biodiversity”, and we are very lucky to have secured speakers on four topics to share their expertise:

  • Prof Alastair Driver, Director of Rewilding Britain
  • Derek Gow, Ecological Consultant, Author of “Bringing Back the Beaver”
  • Janice Bradley, Head of Nature Recovery (North) for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Gareth Jones, Clumber Park, National Trust

A selection of workshops have also been planned for the afternoon, each highlighting an area of Nottinghamshire that has great biodiversity potential. Local specialists running each workshop will discuss opportunities that have been highlighted through the Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping process.

I have attached a programme that gives a bit more detail about the event. Big BAG Programme 2021 FINAL

If you would like to book a place at this year’s event, please could you send your completed booking form (attached) to Janet Valenti (

Booking fees can be paid by debit/credit by calling Janet Valenti, Nottinghamshire County Council, tel – 0115 993 2593. Janet is available tomorrow or from 22nd Feb onwards.

See booking form –Big BAG booking form

Best Wishes – Chris Jackson BAG Officer  –

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Members Day and 2020 AGM

Just a reminder that the NWT Members Day and Annual General Meeting 2020 will be held online this year, on Saturday 21st Nov using ZOOM.

For more details follow this link  or consult the letter all members were sent recently.

It will be split into two sections the formal business of the AGM  + a series of video blogs, interviews and virtual tours to showcase the continuing extensive and varied work carried out by officers and volunteers across the county.

Anybody who is a member of Notts Wildlife Trust is eligible to vote at the AGM which will run  from 10 am till 11.30 am, with the members day running from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. There is NO charge.

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.

Rushcliffe Wildlife WATCH Summer Programme

Please find the new Spring to Summer programme for Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch  Wildlife Watch programme Spring to Summer 2019.  Based at Rushcliffe Country Park WATCH Is for children between 8 and 13 years old.

Even if they don`t come to WATCH they can still participate in ‘30 days wild‘ in June. 30 Days Wild is all about doing a ‘random act of wildness’ each day during June to bring you closer to nature. Our 30 Days Wild web page has information about last year’s activity and a few blogs to inspire you to get involved. This will be updated as we go through the campaign. So, we would like to encourage all of you to sign up online here:

In addition to our regular programme, you will notice that we have a very special event in August during the school holidays. The Wilder Woodland Gathering at Skylarks Nature Reserve is a free family event starting at 1:00pm and going through till 7:00pm and there will lots of fun activities running right through. So put the date in your diaries now so as not to be disappointed on the day!

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 11th May at 11:00am. Don’t forget your coats and wellies in case it is a bit wet as we will have lots of fun out in the park.


Once again South Notts Local Group will be running it`s world famous pub quiz at the Poppy & Pint (Lady Bay) to raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The quiz will be Sunday 27th January, arrival time 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The questions will again be set by Neil Glenn.

But also as usual we are limited to 25 tables, with a team size at a MAXIMUM of four people, Cost £3.50per head,

As last year was a sell out (and we had a few reserve teams).so if you are interested you should book early to avoid disappointment. So if you want to reserve a table please contact


A big thanks to P&P/Castle Rock Brewery for giving us use of the room



The WATCH GROUP have published their Autumn programme. The Group is aimed at children between 8 and 13 years old (under 8`s must be accompanied) and  usually meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month  (11am to 1pm, suggested donation £2) at the Visitors Centre and aims to provide nature exploration, discovery games and practical outdoors activities. The programme includes Sat 8th Sept (Beetle “Drive”),  Sat 13th Oct (An Apple a Day), Sat 10th Nov (A day in the life of an Oak Tree), Sat 8th Dec (End of year hootnanny). For more info contact Geoff East on 07804 297041 or See poster

Swift Awareness Evening at Kinoulton

There will be a Swift Open Evening at St. Luke’s Church, Kinoulton, on Thursday 21st June from around 7.30pm until it goes dark.  All welcome but it would be good if folk could let me know so that we have enough coffee/tea/bikkies for all.  We hope to have aerial displays of screaming swifts around the tower as well as views of the birds on their nests via the TV screen in the church.  Perhaps bats and a glorious sunset as well if we’re really lucky. Please contact Carol Collins, 0194981798 or at the beginning of June, by which time we should have decided on dates and times.

Swift Awareness Week at Kinoulton

June 16th to 23rd 2018 is Swift Awareness Week. In Kinoulton, South Nottinghamshire, we are lucky enough to have encouraged swifts to nest in the tower of St. Luke’s Church and we would like to share our enjoyment of these amazing birds. If, as we hope, the swifts return to breed in the tower this year we will choose one or two evenings during Swift Awareness Week to invite anyone who would like to experience the swifts screaming around the church and over the churchyard, as well as seeing them on their nests via a CCTV screen, to come and join us. We’ll be there to answer questions and, if the elements are on our side, to witness the disappearance of the swifts into their nest boxes or up into the sky for the night, as the sun sets.

If you would like to join us please contact Carol Collins, 0194981798 or at the beginning of June, by which time we should have decided on dates and times.