Skylarks planning application

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have submitted a Planning Application for proposed work at Skylarks Nature Reserve, which is to integrate the newly-acquired land with the original reserve and to make habitat improvements. The planning application number is 14/00706/FUL and the plans are on Rushcliffe Borough Council’s planning website at Please take a look at them and feel free to comment if you wish – hopefully in support!

We have recieved notification that the application has been passed by the council, so another milestone for the project has been passed and the winter months should see some major engineering works at Blotts Pit as some parts of the site are re landscaped to create wet meadows, ponds and reedbeds.

Successful AGM

We held our local group Annual General Meeting and Talk in West Bridgford on Thursday 24th April. The newly-elected South Notts committee is: Gordon Dyne (Chair), Valerie Holt (Vice Chair), Jackie Glenn (Secretary), Neil Pinder (Treasurer), Margie Richards, Geoff Fyles, Neil Glenn, Judith Booth, Graham Leigh-Browne and Cally Martin. The following documents presented to the meeting are available:

Rushcliffe Wildlife Watch

This group organises wildlife-related activities for young people (age 8–13), meeting on the second Saturday of each month (except when this clashes with holiday weekends!) at The Environment Centre, Rushcliffe Country Park. Next meeting: 10th May, then 4th June and 12th July. Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids, see for more…

Save our Vanishing Grasslands

Collington Common

Collington Common: Wildlife-rich grassland in an urban setting

The Wildlife Trusts (the parent body of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and all the other county trusts) launched this national campaign on Thursday April 3rd. The existence of grasslands is generally taken for granted BUT they are surprisingly diverse wildlife habitats AND information collected by the Wildlife Trusts indicates that they are in “catastrophic decline”. Please see the Grasslands campaign pages on the Wildlife Trusts’ website and sign their e-petition to support getting this issue raised with the government!

Spring Fair Appeal

Our annual Ruddington Spring Fair will be held on Saturday 17th May 2014, from 10am till noon. This is the primary fund raising event for the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in South Notts, and typically raises over £1000 each year to support our nature reserves and local wildlife projects. We are interested in hearing from anyone who can supply for sale at the Fair:

  • Plants – annuals, summer bedding, perennials, etc.
  • Cakes – all sorts of home baked goods
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Vinyl (and older!) records [record donations accepted until 15th April!]

Any offers of goods and/or assistance with running the Fair to Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or!