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

 Wed 15th Sep – Bat Walk with Martin Price & Nots Bat Group. Meet 7 pm at the Skylarks Nature Reserve car park – on right along Adbolton Lane, after Holme Pierrepont Country Park entrances. Bring suitable warm clothing and a torch

Coming up  our 2021/22 Winter Wildlife Talks Programme

Each winter, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s South Notts Local Group presents a programme of monthly talks covering the whole spectrum of wildlife.

Last winter, Jack Perks, the renowned local wildlife cameraman, took us underwater with the fish that swim in our rivers.  We visited the icy wastes of Antarctica and saw fabulous scenery and fascinating animals.  Kyle Carsen, a lifelong birder and musician, joined us from Ohio and opened our eyes – and ears – to the amazing complexities of birdsong.  We heard about successful Welsh bird conservation projects, learnt about the wide range of British reptiles, and shared the amazing range of flora and fauna to be found at Centre Parcs’ Sherwood Village.

This winter’s programme promises to be equally diverse and rewarding:

  • Roadside verges are things most of us drive by without taking much notice, but in October we will explore the wide range of wild flowers to be found there and learn about their fascinating lives.
  • Butterflies nationally are in decline; in November we will look at how our gardens can help these beautiful creatures to survive and grow.
  • December’s talk will transport us from the depths of our winter to sunshine safaris in the national parks of South Africa.
  • In January, best-selling author Gordon Hamlett will take a light-hearted look at the stories behind his book on birdwatching in the Scottish Highlands.
  • We stay in Scotland in February, exploring the magical landscapes and wildlife of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands with wildlife photographer Nick Martin
  • Leaving the otters and eagles of Scotland behind us, in March we look at the more prosaic but rapidly-declining Hedgehog, and how two brothers inspired a village to protect and sustain this beautiful creature.

Each talk will be available through Zoom, both live and recorded, so come and join us from the comfort of your own home  in a winter wildlife wonderland.  Each talk costs £3; subscribe for all six for £15. Full details, including technical requirements and how to book, are available on our website at

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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.