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



 All talks start  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 21st Apr – Woodland in Spring – Cotgrave Forest with Neil Pinder (07981 928402). 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).

Sun 28th Apr – Bunny Wood Open Day – from 10.30am to 4pm.  Guided tours, children’s scavenger hunt, nature trail with labeled plants. Bunny Wood is on the left of the A60 climbing out of Bunny village, car parking available. Chris Terrell-Nield (0115 9374906).

Sun 28th Apr – Sharphill Wood in Spring – wildflowers and spring birds with John Elwell & Richard Elliott. Meet at 10.00 am at the top of Peveril Drive, West Bridgford.

Mon 13th May – Holy Cross Convent (Costock) for a guided walk with Sister Mary Julian around the Convents woodlands, several acres of rough grassland, a wildflower strip and old orchard. Meet 10 am, but numbers limited, contact Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842 or for details.

Wed 15th May – Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve in late spring – with Tim Williams looking at a variety of wildlife found on the reserve btoh obvious and obscure. Meet 10 am at road entrance, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington. (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842 or

Sat 18th May – Ruddington Spring Fair – 9.30am till 12 pm at St Peters Rooms, Ruddington  (opposite the church) selling plants, cakes, craft goods to raise funds for Notts Wildlife Trust. (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842 or

Sun 26th May – Bingham Linear Park Grizzeled Skipper Butterfly Walk (and other flora and fauna), meet 10 am Tithby Bridge entrance. Led by Jenny Hawkings (

Sat 1st June Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve Open Day from 10 am till 4pm – particularly for the early summer wildflowers (including Southern Marsh Orchids) labelled up around the reserve. Also some guided walks. Road entrance, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington. Car parking available. (Gordon Dyne 0115 8784842 or

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.