First published in 2003 the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy is intended to promote the development of nature conservation and encourage increased local community engagement with wildlife across Rushcliffe. For the last few years the Implementation Group (RNCSIG) has reported back to the nature conservation community as part of an annual Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forum. However this year there will not be a forum as it`s place is being taken by a Woodland Training Day, which is a rather more specifically targeted than the normal forum.
So RNCSIG has decided to try something a little different in the way of reporting back for this year and also proposing the make up of the Steering Group by doing it online via Survey Monkey. The link to the Survey Monkey Online “AGM” is RNCSIG Online AGM
We welcome a response from anybody who is engaged in or interested in wildlife and nature conservation in Rushcliffe, so please circulate this to members of your Friends Group, Reserve Work Party etc – all are welcome to participate. We have set a deadline of Friday 1st Sept, 2017 for responses.
Cheers – Gordon Dyne (Chair – RNCSIG )
The Country Park has a number of childrens wildlife related activities over the summer holidays.
Pond & Woodland Mini Beast Hunt – Wed 26th July & 9th Aug
Woodland & Grassland Mini Beast Hunt – Wed 2nd Aug and 23rd August
Den Building Wed 26th Jul, 2nd Aug, 9th Aug and 23rd Aug
Starting at Visitors Centre. All are 10 till 12 and cost £4.50. Book at Rangers Office, phone 0115 9215865 or email@example.com
Drop into Skylarks Nature Reserve for a Moth trapping session from 8.30 pm onwards. If you need more info contact Katie Last 0115 9588242 or klast@nottswt/co.uk.
Gotham Nature Reserve Trust are running their third Strawberry Tea to raise funds for Gotham Sandbanks on Sunday 25th June (2 till 4.30pm) at the Gotham Hall Church (opposite church).
Is on Saturday 20th May 9.30 to 12.00 at St Peters Rooms, Ruddington (opposite the church NG11 6HA).
To help raise funds to support the work of Notts Wildlife Trust we will be selling a wide range of Plants, Homemade Cakes, Pre-owned CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records. Win prizes at our Tombola and enjoy a relaxing drink at our Café. In addition we will have our nature table on display.
For venue map see http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=95
The Local Group AGM is on Thur 20th Apr with a report on the year, the accounts and the election of the committee for the year. It will be followed by a talk on Echolocation Location, finding Nottinghamshire’s bats by Michael Walker (Notts Bat Group). 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission free.
We are looking to recruit one or two more people to reinforce the Local Group Committee and help with our role of promoting nature conservation and Notts Wildlife Trust locally in Rushcliffe, by running wildlife walks and talks programmes, promoting NWT at summer fetes and fund-raising And the committee meets eight times a year (on a Thursday evening. If you might be interested in joining us please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 8784842.
This year Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been chosen as the official charity for the Viking Challenge, a fundraiser by the Redmile CofE School which has become one of the UK’s largest off road amateur cycle events attracting over 1,400 riders from all over the county! The route takes in the Vale of Belvoir countryside using the local section of the Viking Way, an ancient track-way originally linking Newark and Stamford, as a means of raising much-needed funds for the school and a nominated charity each year.
We need the assistance of 50 volunteers to marshal the event taking place on Sunday 1st October 2017. If you would like to help marshal the event and raise funds for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust then please get in touch with Cally Keetley (email@example.com). Of course, if you would prefer to enter the event as a rider you can register via the website. The more participants, the more money will be raised for the Trust.
RUDDINGTON SPRING FAIR
We are running our major fund raiser again this year on Sat 20th May at the StPeters Rooms Ruddington. Sooooo as ever we are looking for donations in the following areas
Plants – prepared to grow some plants for us contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CD`s/DVD`s/computer games – contact Valerie Holt on email@example.com
Records and LP`s – contact Scott Gorman on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifts for a tombola – contact Judith Booth on email@example.com
ARE YOU A KNITTER ?
Last year the genorous donation of time (and wool) by Rushcliffe knitters in creating a supply of cute wooly badgers helped raise funds for NWT and the Badger Vaccination Project. We are hoping to do something similar this year, so are again appealing for people who are prepared to knit for wildlife. We can supply patterns thanks to Wendyjean Hurst. If you are interested please contact Cath Lovatt on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are at all interested in anything bug or crawly on Sat 29th October at Derby University (10.30 till 4.30) off Kedelston Rd (A38 DE22 1GB) and includes live and preserved insects, computer demos, demonstrations, opportunities for hands on study and displays about current research and conservation. An interesting day well worth a visit. See DANES Web Site http://www.danes-insects.org.uk/events.htm
This years Spring Fair was the best one for several years ie we made more cash ! On the day we took in just over £1,200 which is about £300 up on last year – cakes, plants and CD`s all showed a small increase, but the big boost was diversification into a tombola and into “selling” woolly badgers. And there was also the interesting sight of a very large Badger roaming the streets of Ruddington, with a minder as the badger had very poor visibility
So a great big thanks to everyone who donated stuff or time (and indeed both) and made it a good day.Indeed it is remarkable that on the day the helpers seem to work like a “hive” mind – everything seems to get done, although no one seems to be giving instructions – well not me anyway.
It is not the end of the story however – surplus plants have gone to Attenborough and will generate some more cash, along with a supply of woolly badgers (who knew there were so many ardent woolly badger knitters in Rushcliffe) and we will also be selling them localy at Summer Fetes etc. The surplus CD/DVD`s will be sold via Music Magpie and should net us over a £100 and the records will also be sold on.
On behalf of the South Notts Committe – thank you all and to the South Notts Committee – thank you – Gordon Dyne Chair SNG.