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 16th Jun – Wilwell Farm Cutting Open Day – from 10 am till 4pm – range of plants will be labeled up and we also be running some guided walks. Car park, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington. Gordon Dyne (01158784842 or

Sun 17th June – Grizzeled Skipper butterfly walk along Bingham Linear Park with Jenny Craig (01949 838899). Meet 10 am at Tythby Road  Bridge.

Sun Jul 8th – Wildlife walk round Dewberry Hill Nature Reserve (Radcliffe on Trent) Meet 2 pm at the entrance on Cropwell Road (going out of Radcliffe, parking on the left about 150m beyond the traffic lights up the hill.  Gordon Dyne (01158784842 or

Tue 10th July 2018Butterflies & Dragonflies, Damselflies – meet at 1pm for a gentle walk around Wilford Claypit meet in corner of pub car park near main entrance to reserve. Derek Rudge (Warden) on 0115 9100712

Sun 15th July – Cotgrave Forest in high summer. with Neil Pinder (07981 928402) for wildflowers and butterflies. Meet 9.30am at Laming Gap Lane entrance, parking where the Lane turns sharp right (Lane on left off A606 Melton Road after the Normanton on Wolds exits,)

Sat 21st July – Big Butterfly Count at Bunny Wood with CTN. Meet 2pm at the entrance on the A60 on the left climbing out of Bunny. Chris Terrell-Neild (0115 9374906)

Thur 21st Jul Swift Awareness Evening – There will be a Swift Open Evening at St. Luke’s Church, Kinoulton, on Thursday 21st June from around 7.30pm until it goes dark.  All welcome but it would be good if folk could let me know so that we have enough coffee/tea/bikkies for all.  We hope to have aerial displays of screaming swifts around the tower as well as views of the birds on their nests via the TV screen in the church.  Perhaps bats and a glorious sunset as well if we’re really lucky. Please contact Carol Collins, 0194981798 or at the beginning of June, by which time we should have decided on dates and times.

Sun 22nd July – Gotham Open Gardens in aid of Gotham Nature Reserve (1 pm to 4 pm) Refreshments at Gotham Church, more details will appear on Facebook.


For future Wildlife Walks and visits see

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.