Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy 2015- 2020

The third generation of the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy has been published by RNCSIG (Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group) and can be viewed on the Rushcliffe Borough Council Web Site   along with the 2015 Nature in Rushcliffe Report (as well as previous years).

The key change in the strategy is an increased emphasis on Landscape Scale Nature Conservation in Rushcliffe and now all we need is the resources to actualy make it happen. RNCSIG has set up a working party to look at how more joined up nature conservation can be achieved exploiting the information collated in the Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping Excercise.

Quiz Winner

The winner of the annual Neil Glen General Knowledge Quiz is

ta da da ……… Alison Braithwaite of Cotgrave with a spectacular 44.5 out of 45, who will be receiving a cheque for £20 in due course when we can prize it out of the Treasurer !.

The random £5 draw winner was Helga Wills from Radcliffe-on-Trent.

For those who want to know the answers, they are attached on the NWT Quiz sheet along with an apology as one question was wrong (well that explains one of the questions I couldn`t get).


And the Winners are ……..

We are delighted to announce that the winners of our Nottinghamshire Wildlife Photography competition are as follows

Young Photographer is James Semken with “Sneaky Peek”

Splendid Species is Scott Tilley`s “Brown Hare at Dawn

Living Landscapes winner is Jayne Muir`s “Autumn Gold”

Click here to see the cracking photos 2015 Photo Comp Winners (4)

The winning photographs will be exhibited at Attenborough for the next month or so and also be featured in the Wildlife Trust magazine.

In all we had  120 entries, which didn`t make it easy to decide on the winners. But NWT are planning to display all the entries on it`s web site in due course and some of the beautiful photos will be also get used on Trust posters, leaflets etc over the next few years as appropriate.

The judges were Jack Perks (local natural history photographer), Marian Heffernnan (Dennis`s wife) and Erin McDaid (Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust) plus Gordon Dyne from for the Local Group. A special thanks to Cally Martin whose drive and organisation pushed the project (a new venture for SNG) through to a successful conclusion.

Grizzeled Skipper Work Parties

Sunday 15th November 2015 – Cotham to Kilvington Disused Railway Line 10am to 3pm, meeting at the southern end of Cotham village, at SK796473

Sunday 6th December 2015 – Flawborough Footpath 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Saturday 16th January 2016 – Great Central Railway 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 7th February 2016 – Alverton Disused Railway Line 10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Come along and join a group of like-minded people who are enthusiastic about the conservation of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly – a nationally important species which occurs at a number of sites in south Nottinghamshire. Many of the sites where the Grizzled Skipper occurs require regular management to keep them in a suitable condition for the butterfly, so we will be undertaking a series of practical workdays at some key sites, which will involve:

  • Scrub clearance work to maintain open habitats required by the Grizzled Skipper and to help create corridors to link existing open habitats
  • Creation of bare earth patches to increase the availability of suitable egg-laying habitat

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Warm clothing and stout footwear
  • Work gloves (gloves will be provided if you don’t have any)
  • Tools (if you have any – bow saws/loppers/spades. Tools will be provided, along with instruction on their use)

For more information please contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group on 0115 993 2588 or email

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Photography Competition 2015

Organised by the South Notts Local Group on behalf of Notts Wildlife Trust in memory of stalwart wildlife enthusiast Dennis Heffernan we received some 120 entries from across the county, in three categories – Living Landscape, Splendid Species and Young Photographer.

The photos were judged by Marian Heffernan, Jack Perks (wildlife photographer), Erin McDiad (Notts Wildlife Trust) and Gordon Dyne (SNG) and the winners will be announced at the Notts Wildlife Trust AGM at Holme Pierrepont on Saturday 20th Oct.

The winning photographs will be displayed at Attenboirough Nature Centre and SNG will will also publish them on our web site hear after the AGM.

Our thanks to everybody who entered photo`s, to Cally Martin who organised the competition and to Jack Perks, Opticron and London Camera Exchange for providing prizes.



Reserve Work Parties

As autumn draws in the reserve wardens thoughts turn to the habitat work required over the winter. Fancy doing something practical to help our local wildlife, well we are coming to the start of the work party season. WE could all certainly use the help. Three local Trust reserves run regular work parties, they are

Skylarks (Holme Pierrpont) – Work parties on the third Sunday of each month from 9 am to 1.30 pm. Meet at the entrance to the old Skylarks Nature Reserve at 10am. Please bring a packed lunch, tea/coffee will be provided. Contacts: David Birrell (07919 122083) and Tom Shields (07525 617769). The next work party is Sun 18th Oct.

Wilford Claypits (Compton Acres) – on the second Saturday of each month, 1pm to 4pm. We will decide on the day what needs to be done. Contact Derek Rudge (0115 910 0712 or 07950 211083 or email The next work party is Sat 10th Oct

Wilwell Farm Cutting (Wilford/Ruddington) – Meets on the first Saturday of each month, 1pm till 4pm. Work includes grassland maintenance and coppicing. Contact Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or email The next work party is Sat 7th Sept

Other work parties are available see the reserves tab on this web page.