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 our 2021/22 Winter Wildlife Talks Programme
Thurs Feb 3rd – Discovering Scotland`s Western & Northern Isles with Nick Martin. Through images captured during his travels, Wildlife Photographer, Nick Martin describes the Western Isles of Scotland including Skye and the mysterious Outer Hebrides. Then moving north to the magical Shetlands images of wildlife and landscapes include everything from orchids to eagles and skuas to otters. https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2022-02-03-south-notts-group-talk-discovering-scotlands-western-northern-isles-nick-martin
Thurs Mar 3rd – Kirtlington’s Hedgehog Superhighway with Stephen William Powles. The UK hedgehog population has suffered a dramatic decline over the last 10 years. Critical to hedgehog conservation in urban environments is their ability to move through a wider landscape. Stephen Powles will describe how his brother, Chris, inspired the villagers of Kirtlington to take an interest in their hedgehogs and how they went on to create a “Hedgehog Superhighway” of interconnected gardens. Talk is online via ZOOM and cost £3 per device (incl booking fee) via https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/2022-03-03-south-notts-group-talk-kirtlingtons-hedgehog-superhighway-stephen-william-powles
See http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=234 for more info and how to book.
Alternatively you might want to pass the long winter evenings reading some of our local wildlife articles including Tim Williams esoteric Nature Notes, What to Look out for in Rushcliffe month by month and a collection of Neil Pinders Nature Notes from the Rushcliffe News http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=157
Also see our FACEBOOK PAGE for items of current local wildlife interest https://www.facebook.com/SouthNottsWildlifeGroup
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…
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.