Grizzeled Skipper Work Parties are back

After last winter, without any volunteer work parties, I am very pleased to tell you all that we are back up and running and hoping to get the counties grizzled skipper sites back into tip top condition in time for the 2022 flight season.

Below are the dates that have been arranged and the sites on which we will be undertaking the work.

Sunday 31st October 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – hay raking & removal

Wednesday 17th November 2021 – Grange Farm, Normanton on Soar – scrub clearance

Sunday 21st November 2021 –  GCRN, East Leake Station Cutting – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Granby Disused Railway – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Sunday 12th December 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle – scrub clearance

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur – scrub clearance

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath – scrub clearance

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry – scrub clearance

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard – scrub clearance.

(all work parties will start at 10am and will finish between 3pm and 3.30pm)

You will notice that the first work party will soon be upon.  On Sunday 31st October (next Sunday) we will be heading across to the Great Central Railway at East Leake and working on the cutting just to the north of Barnstone Tunnel. The grassland in the cutting was cut recently and the main aim of the work party will be to clear the arisings and also to maintain the ballast piles that we have created in the cutting and that have proved to be ideal sites for egg laying for this butterfly species.  If you are able to join us next weekend than please let me know and I will send you meeting instructions early next week.

Chris Jackson – Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group

We All Need Access to Greenspace

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts and the Wildlife Trusts movement as a whole  are calling for people’s access to nature to be set in law!! 🧑‍⚖️
We want:
🙂A planning system that improves up people’s access to nature
🦔The Planning Bill to make sure that there is more space for nature
🌍Planning reforms that deliver the Government’s target to halt species decline by 2030

Bat Boxes at Cotgrave Country Park

Cotgrave CP Friends Group were successful in receiving funding from Rushcliffe B.C. to purchase Bat Boxes to put up in the Country Park to provide nesting and hibernation sites for the bats we know fly through the park. These have been made by Notts Bat Group volunteers, a great local charity who have run Bat Walks for us this year.
NBG will be helping our volunteers to put up about 30 boxes in the woodland in the park this Sunday 10 October starting from 1000am. If you want to hold a ladder , lift a box, or are just curious then why not pop down and see us?
All the boxes will be numbered and then can be surveyed by NBG trained recorders over the coming years.
Our Friends Group will also be putting up our Gazebo on the “Fun Day Field” alongside Ginger and Blue Coffee. Come and talk to us and why not become a member of our group to help us do more great things to preserve and improve the Park.

Climate Justice mobilisation – Nottingham March & Rally, Saturday 6 November

To coincide with the UN climate talks (COP26), there will be a big rally in Glasgow on 6 November, but also a Nottingham based rally
1pm: Assemble at the Forest Recreation Ground
2pm: March
3pm: Rally in the Market Square
Bluebells and Greater Stichwort at Bunny Wood