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



Sat 10th Aug – Flora along the River Soar at Sutton Bonington with David Wood looking at the flora along the river margin and taking in Sutton Bonnington Nature Reserve. Meet 10 am  at the Sports Field car park on the right (behind the childrens play area, just after the fields)  coming through Sutton Bonnington from the Nottingham end. (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842 or

Sun 18th Aug – Bird Ringing at Skylarks with the South Notts Ringing Group. The chance to get up close to birds being ringed. Numbers are limited based on a series of time slots between 8am and 11 am, for more details contact

.Wed 18th 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

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).

WILDLIFE TALKS – we now have available details of the first three months of our Winter Wildlife Talks Programme

PUBLIC ACCES RESERVES – rnatively this link is to reserves in Rushcliffe (NWT and other) that are public access plus link to a Reserves leaflet produced by Rushcliffe BCl

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.