Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Members Day and 2020 AGM

Just a reminder that the NWT Members Day and Annual General Meeting 2020 will be held online this year, on Saturday 21st Nov using ZOOM.

For more details follow this link  or consult the letter all members were sent recently.

It will be split into two sections the formal business of the AGM  + a series of video blogs, interviews and virtual tours to showcase the continuing extensive and varied work carried out by officers and volunteers across the county.

Anybody who is a member of Notts Wildlife Trust is eligible to vote at the AGM which will run  from 10 am till 11.30 am, with the members day running from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. There is NO charge.

Natural England video clip on Nature Recovery Networks

I thought you might be interested to see NE’s new video, launched yesterday, to promote NRN partnerships, there are some nice examples of different types of NRN – lowland, upland, urban fringe etc., it’s only 5 minutes long so please do take a look:
You’ll see it is a brief overview of the type of landscape-scale working that we have been delivering with our partners in Notts. For context, it is worth noting that NWT`s Sherwood Heathlands Living Landscape/NRN area is bigger than Wild Ennerdale or Knepp Estate) and involves more partners.

Badger Cull in Leicestershire and the southern end of Rushcliffe

Despite strong protests from local Wildlife Trusts and other nature conservation organisations the government have authorized a badger cull in Leicestershire. It turns out that the licence actually covers  land in the southern end of Rushcliffe on the Notts Leic border. As a result a significant number of farmers have withdrawn from the Badger vaccination scheme, but even worse it means the government are now culling badgers that they have funded to be vaccinated.

Leaving aside the waste of taxpayers money and the serious doubts about the effectiveness of a badger cull, it is a terrible blow to the Trust officer and many volunteers who have been running the programme for 5-6 years now.

Consideration was given to requesting Judicial Review of the cull by a consortium of local Wildlife Trusts, but unfortunately legal opinion was not very hopefully as to success. So not all of the consortium members were prepared to take the risk , therefore making it more costly for other groups, so this route has been abandoned.

We understand that Badgers have already been killed.