Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife WATCH for children have published their Autumn programme
First off on the 9th September we are going ‘wild in the country’. That means, weather permitting we shall be out and about using all our senses to discover what is lurking in the country park in late summer. This might mean that we will see how a tree feels when its hugged (not emotionally obviously!!), or how certain trees or plants smell when sniffed. Maybe we will come across a frog or a toad that might need kissing to reveal if there really is any truth to the fairy tales we know and love. As well as letting our senses loose in the great outdoors, we have a great game lined up – The Smelly Sock Game. Not quite as bad as it sounds – our socks will be fairly clean, but full of some interesting items for you to sniff at and to guess the contents. We promise no cheese of any sort. So don’t forget your coats and wellies, hats and sun-cream, nose pegs, etc. It will be fun. Start time is the usual 11:00 at the Education Centre and we will finish off with drinks and snacks just before 1 pm.
Then In October, we have an organisation called ‘Hawks of Steele’ coming to visit us and do expect this will be a busy session, so you might want to make sure you reserve a space and arrive on time so as not to miss a minute of the session. Prepare to be awestruck by some fantastic Raptors.
In November, we will be entertaining the Notts Fungi Group, who will be introducing us to some amazing fungi to be found in the park, so that will be a treat not to be missed. If we have time, we might even have a go at making and naming our own brands of fungi and we will all have fun guys (and girls). Oh dear, less of the silly jokes please we hear you all saying.
The Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch Group (for more info contact Geoff East on firstname.lastname@example.org), for a full programme follow this link.
Just a reminder that our winter Wildlife Talks programme starts again on the first Thursday in October at the Methodist Church, Musters Rd, West Bridgford as usual. we cover a range of topics relating to both local and world wildlife using knowledgable speakers. A snip at £3 per head (incl tea & biccies). Come along and try it, all welcome.
Full details of the 2017/18 Wildlife Talks Programme can be found on our web site
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