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



Our Wildlife Talks programme starts again at the begining of October and the first three months looks like this covering a variety of interesting topics

Thurs 3rd Oct – Wildflowers & Waterways with Mary Matts – A celebration of wildflowers, plants and trees in waterway locations through the seasons, with details of their medicinal and culinary uses and folklore.

Thurs 7th Nov – Fracking and the Notts Wildlife Trust’s Work in South Notts with Janice Bradley – covering the topical issue of fracking and the potential impacts on wildlife, but also looking at the wider work of the Conservation Team in Rushcliffe incl wildlife crime, vaccinating badgers and habitat creation.

Thurs 5th Dec – Diary of a Wildife Photographer with Jack Perks sharing shares his experience of taking wildlife images through discussion of commissions, TV filming and personal shoots made over the past year.

ALL talks start at 7.30pm in Room 5, West Bridgford Methodist Church, (junction of Patrick Road and Musters Road), West Bridgford, NG2 7PQ. Admission includes tea & biccie adults: £3; children: free.


.Sun 20th Oct – Cotgrave Forest in Autumn – with Niel Pinder Meet 9.30 am Lamming Gap Lane entrance, parking where the Lane turns sharp right (Lane on left off A606 Melton Road after the Normanton on Wolds exits).

RESERVE WORK PARTIES – If however you fancy something more practical this link outlines local reserve work parties (both NWT and others) –


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.