Cotgrave Country Park

New dates for volunteering opportunities with the Friends Group are confirmed.
Tuesday 15th February
Sunday 20 February
Meet up at the Hollygate Lane Car Park at 1000 and look out for Lee in his big white van!
There’s always lots that needs doing within a 220 acre Country Park, and its healthy exercise too!
See it as one of your New Year resolutions ticked off – care and conservation for the local environment and a new fitness regime rolled into one!
Alan. Chairman

Local Group Committee

South Notts Local Group needs you – the  committee is looking to recruit one or two new committee members to join us in promoting wildlife, nature conservation and the work of Notts Wildlife Trust in the Rushcliffe area. We would be especially interested in hearing from anyone who has particular skills in social media and the like. The committee holds six meetings a year. If you would like to know more please contact Valerie Holt ( ).

Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS)

For a number of years now the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has conducted badger vaccinations in and around Notts.

NWT have been successful in obtaining funding from DEFRA to continue the BEVS project in 2022. They have a new project area that has been agreed by DEFRA/NE (which they believe is out of the current badger cull zone). This is west of the old area from Ruddington & Keyworth in the north and Barrow upon Soar in the south (an additional 168km2). Therefore NWT are keen to get working on making landowner contacts etc. This is a large area so the initial target area for year one will be a 28km2 area around Wysall & Wymeswold (covering some 20 farms) which straddles the Notts / Leics border.


Green Line Work Party

he Green Line will be having thier first working group of 2022 this Sunday (the 9th) starting at 10am for about 2 to 3 hours. We will meet at the Whitcliffe Gardens (Ludlow hill) entrance. We will be working around the site of the old footbridge about 100m to the North.
We’ll be outside so masks aren’t needed, but we can’t offer gloves due to the restrictions.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Need any more info contact
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Ecology & Ecosystems

INSPIRE the Library Service are offering a range of courses on a range of topics some FtoF and some online. The one relevant to this page is Ecology and Ecosystems on 3rd Feb 9.30 to 12.30 Online Free.
Interested ?
Go to to book onto the session and I would suppose to see if there is anything else that might be of interest.

Sharphill Wood Work Party

The next work party at Sharphill Wood will be on Sunday 9th January, meeting at 09.45. Plan to continue planting whips (hawthorn, blackthorn, dogrose and hazel) around the woodland edge, continuing down the western boundary from where we finished in December. Meeting point will be the entrance from Peveril Drive, 09.45, or find us in the woods if you arrive later.
For more info contact

Recording Wildlife


Pauls contribution to our local wildlife is to regularly record moths at a variety of sites locally. Whilst this is his hobby it is not just personnel interest. His records are fed into a county dataset along with other moth hunters across the county thus contributing to our understanding of moth distribution in Notts. But also feeding into a national database. This is also true for birds, butterflies, mammals, plants, amphibians and a range of other critters.


And your records also matter even if it is the birds and butterflies seen in your garden , on local walks or in your local nature reserve. Just because something seems common – records still matter – it helps confirms they are found in your patch and may indeed be actually common. It can also help map changes in abundance and distribution.


It is easy to record using this link  , these records will feed into county and national databases and just require you to identify location approximately on a map.


However it is fair to say that some categories are better recorded than others. You might not be surprised to know that spiders are not well recorded or plant galls, but neither are beetles despite making up 70% of insect species (Darwin was quoted as saying that the number of beetle species suggested that god had and inordinate love of beetles), even more surprising is that mammals are seriously under recorded, but many are small and/or nocturnal.

Moth Surveys in Cotgrave Forest

A summary of Paul Dulwich`s moth survey activity at Cotgrave Forest.

Between 2019 and 2021 actinic and LED DC moth trapping surveys at six privately owned plots within Cotgrave Forest produced 199 species of macro (larger) moth and 32 species of micro moth. Of the former, 22 species are documented to be of conservation importance in Nottinghamshire. 2 of the macro moths species are listed as ‘Nationally Threatened’ in the UK and 5 of the macro moth species as ‘Vulnerable’. Specific mention should be made of the Yellow-legged Clearwing (Oak) and Webb’s Wainscot (Iris, Reedmace, etc.) which are Category 1 moths in Nottinghamshire and as such are in the top 24 of the County’s rarest macro moth species. Permissions are in place for further surveys in 2022. It is envisaged that the list of both common and significant macro moth species resident in Cotgrave Forest will grow and serve to emphasise the significance of this valuable and arguably unique habitat in south Nottinghamshire’.


And at Wilwell Farm Cutting

Another brief report by Paul Dulwich on moth recording at Wilwell in 2021.

Only one survey in year so didn’t give ourselves too much chance of new finds. However there were a few

Dusky Brocade – various grasses

Bramble-shoot Moth – you can guess

Southern Wainscot – reeds and canary grass – not very common at all in Notts, a grade 3 moth for conservation importance

Then there was the Lunar Hornet Moth I sent you, last recorded in 1983.

Grizzeled Skipper Project

A report from Chris Jackson about activities of the Grizzeled Skipper Project

I would like to say a great big thank you and well done to all of you for your help in taking forward the Grizzled Skipper Project this autumn. After a long break due to Covid-19, it has been really good to see many of you over the last couple of months.

During our first 5 work parties of this winter period, we have focused much of our effort on sites in the East Leake area and I am very pleased with our efforts and hope to see good results when we visit these sites in spring to see the butterfly on the wing. Your work has involved clearing scrub to open up or maintain open areas, clearing ballast piles that have been created to encourage egg laying and also planting up areas with two of the foodplants (agrimony and creeping cinquefoil) which some of you have been good enough to grow on in your greenhouses, from locally collected seed.

In the New Year we won’t get started again until Sunday 23rd January when we will be moving across to the south-east of the county and working at a great site close to Flawborough. We then have a further four work parties planned to take place across sites in south Notts. If you are able to join us your help would be very much appreciated and essential to the success of the project.

Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath

Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard

Grizzeled Skipper – Jim Asher

Interested in helping, contact