Ruddington Spring Fair

A big thanks to all the people who grew plants, donated DVD`s, records and cakes and the trusty stalwarts who turned up to help on the day. Overal we took in £923 (including donations and, quiz sheets etc) however a member is organising the sale of CD`s via Music Magpie and that should bring in over £200 and there are still record sales via E Bay to be sorted so we hope for a final figure of over £1,200 before expenses a similar figure to last year. 

In effect  we have had a decline in sales on the day, but that has been counteracted by growth online (very modern). The decline is particularly noted in plant sales and the cafe, this seems to be related to a gradual drop in footfall over the years. Things like sales of cake and DVD`s have held up and sale of records on the day is up (probably due to specailist collectors who don`t buy plants, but might eat cake !).

Still the point of the Fair is not just the amount of money that we raise, but that it can be used to help Notts Wildlife Trust provide matched funding and help NWT release project funds, so the money is worth significantly more than the headline figures. Again a big thanks to everyone who lent a hand.

Coming up in Rushcliffe


Out and About with Wildlife Programme

Sun 25th Jun – East Bridgford Wildlife taking in Springdale Wood, Bridgford Street Meadow & Copse. Meet 10 am outside the Village hall on Main Street, EB. Gordon Dyne (0115 87847842)

Sat 1st Jul – Pond Dipping for Adults at Skylarks Nature Reserve on Adbolton Lane, past Holme Pirrepont Country Park 1.30 to 3.30. Katie Last f0115 9588242 or

Sat 8th July – Butterflies and Wildflowers at Meadow Park East Leake with Kieth Gibbons of the Friends Group. Meet 1.30 pm park in the village car park (opposite the Fire station). Take the path down the side of the Bowls club & meeting at the small bridge (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842).

Sat 8th July – Flora for Improvers – join David Wood to look in detail at the flora of Wilford Claypits (incl grasses, sedges, rushes). Meet 9.30 am at the Compton Acres entrance – David is happy to be out all day, so bring a packed lunch (or just join him for the morning). (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842)

Sat 15th Jul Invertebrate walk at Bunny Wood with Chris Terrell-Nield ( 0115 9374906). Meet 2 pm at Bunny Wood car park on the A60 climbing out of Bunny.

Sun 23rd Jul – Cotgrave Forest in high summer with Niel Pinder (07981 928402). Meet 9.30 am at Lamin Gap Lane entrance (off A606 Melton Road).

Thur 27th Jul – Family Nature Day at Skylarks Nature Reserve on Adbolton Lane past Holme Prrepont Country Park 10 till 12. Katie Last (0115 9588242 or

Wed 16th Aug – Fairham Brook and Bunny Moors circular walk. Meet 10 am at the Rushcliffe Country Park visitors centre for a day out in the Rushcliffe Countryside. Bring a packed lunch. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842 or

Wed 23rd Aug – A stroll round Radcliffe on Trent Lily Ponds. Meet 7pm at the Park Road entrance to the Rockley Memorial Grounds. Gordon Dyne (0115 8784842)

Margaret’s Meadow

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

Erin McDaid unveils the commemorative plaque

On the morning of Saturday 10th May 2014, over twenty of Margaret Price’s friends met at  Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve to commemorate her lifelong commitment to Nottinghamshire’s wildlife and to mark the naming of Margaret’s Meadow in her honour. As Margaret was a founder-member of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust it seemed fitting that this commemoration also formed part of the NWT’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Full report and pictures…


Spring newsletter available

Our latest local group newsletter, for spring 2014, is now available to read online or download as-printed. Features include: an appreciation of the life of Dennis Heffernan; a well-illustrated review of Bingham’s butterflies; this year’s spring fair; the future of our newsletter.