Local wildlife photographer Jack Perks is trying to spread the message of my upcoming book as well as raise funds to pay for the printing of it, i was hoping you could post the links on any pages you run or send round a mail list to see if people would be interested in the project and helping with it. I’m currently producing the counties first book on its wildlife as a whole covering Sherwood Forest, the River Trent and the city itself with a mixture of local information and stunning imagery. I’m looking for support for the project ideally with sponsorship to help pay for the cost of printing. Supporting the book would help promote many tourist attractions in the county as well as showing off many rare and beautiful species that many people may know very little about. Being attached to the project also has a strong green message being associated with a nature project.Currently there are no other books on the market that cover this subject so getting this photographic book up and running is something I’m looking forward to getting underway. If you would like to know more information or become involved in some way then feel free to get in touch. Link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2078840041/nottinghamshires-nature and Notts TV Piecehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6J9o6t6_dQ If this is something you are interested in Jack can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Walker (County Mammal Recorder) has produced a provisional atlas of Nottinghamshire Mammal which shows all recording to date. What is clearly shown is that many of our common species are very poorly recorded in the county so all records would be welcome indeed. I don’t think House Mouse is one of the rarest species in Notts! The atlas is available from http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/images/uploads/Notts_Mammal_Atlas_2014.pdf
Open University has created an online web system to log the location of interesting trees around the country,. Apparently so far only a couple from Rushcliffe have been logged, so if you have some favourite trees this might be worth going to. See http://www.treezilla.org/ for details.
The project is looking to build on the success of previous grizzled skipper work parties and would like to invite you all to join me yet again this winter to undertake some more volunteer work on sites that provide important habitat to support the Grizzled Skipper butterfly across the south Nottinghamshire network of sites (including in Rushcliffe). I am still talking with landowners to confirm access agreements are in place but in the meantime I am proposing to hold this year’s volunteers work parties on Saturday 8th November 2014 , Sunday 7th December 2014, Saturday 24th January 2015, Sunday 22nd February 2015 – all are 10 am to 3pm, meeting point to be confirmed and if you would like to be notified of the meeting points once available, please E Mail email@example.com
As a result of our efforts last year we have once again seen some very quick and positive responses (during the spring) from the very species that we have been trying to assist with our work. In mid-May earlier this year, a Grizzled Skipper butterfly was seen at its most northerly location on the disused railway line between Cotham and Newark (several hundred meters north of any previous records). A day later we heard of yet more success on the disused railway running between Bingham and Barnstone, a Grizzled Skipper was seen on the wing on the section of the railway near to Granby. This was the first sighting for a minimum of ten years (possibly fifteen). I hope this news will inspire you to join us once again this winter.
Chris Jackson (Notts Biodiversity Action Group Officer)
A supplementary – congrats to Butterfly Conservation on their successful bid, in which SITA will be funding a new project to enhance Grizzeled Skipper habitats in the Vale of Belvior. Part of the logic behind this project is as an extension to the already succesful south Nottinghamshire GS project and of course improvments in the GS population in areas adjacent to Rushcliffe will also benefit our GS populations in the future. So good news all round.
The Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife WATCH Group have put out their programme for the next few months. If your children have an interest in wildlife have a look at the Rushcliffe Group Prog Sept to Dec 2014 FINAL. Why not take them along.
Having been in communication with Government Ministers, the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has been assured that whilst the recent permitted development statutory instrument related to agricultural buildings does not explicitly mention protected species, that they have made it clear that those undertaking permitted development must comply with all relevant legislation such as the Habitat Regulations. We are not convinced this is the reality as we have been made aware of instances where bat surveys have not been required because it was deemed permitted development. To enable us to go back to Government with our concerns we need a greater weight of evidence to ensure we are accurately reflecting the real situation on the ground. We would like to ask for your help with this. If you have knowledge of the way in which bats have been considered in any permitted development cases since April this year (whether good or bad) we would like to hear about it. You will find a brief set of questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V89T6WV