This is from The Wildlife Trusts weekly newsletter and is a call for action
The dark clouds gathering over Westminster last week unleashed a torrent of terrible news for wildlife and the environment, with the UK Government launching an attack on nature at a time when we urgently need a plan for its recovery.
From lifting the ban on fracking, to a bill that could clear the way for many of our most important environmental protection laws to be removed, Liz Truss’s government seems to be waging a war on nature.
The announcements sparked an unprecedented wave of anger from wildlife conservation charities and the wider public. The Wildlife Trusts’ director of policy and public affairs, Joan Edwards, has summarised some of the issues in blogs on energy security (here) and deregulation (here). We’d urge everyone, including Wildlife Trust staff, to contact their MP and local Councillor, and demand better. To encourage action, we’ve produced a step-by-step guide on how to help – see it on our website here.
These are the dates for the autumn/winter volunteer work parties for 2022/23. Once again we will be laying on 10 work parties during this period. I hope that you are able to come along and help continue the work to support this nationally scarce and locally, very important species.
Sunday 2nd October – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – hay raking & removal
Tuesday 1st November – Grange Farm, Normanton on Soar – scrub clearance/ bare earth creation
Sunday 13th November – GCRN, Rushcliffe Halt & Cutting – scrub clearance/ bare earth creation
Tuesday 22nd November – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur – scrub clearance/ bare earth creation
Sunday 4th December – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance
Sunday 15th January – Flawborough Triangle – scrub regrowth clearance & treatment/ bare earth creation
Tuesday 24th January – Granby Disused Railway – egg laying site maintenance and targeted scrub clearance
Thursday 9th February – Staunton Quarry – scrub clearance & treatment
Sunday 19th February – Flawborough Footpath – scrub clearance and scallop creation/ bare earth creation
Tuesday 7th March – Site & Task to be Confirmed
We hope you will help us to prepare local sites for grizzled skipper to enjoy in spring 2023. Please contact me for meeting instructions – Chris Jackson (Notts Biodiversity Action Group Officer) Christopher.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk
Nominations are now open for the Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards, which celebrates the Borough’s wonderful volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports clubs and athletes, and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors.
In partnership with media partner West Bridgford Wire, it is a great opportunity to reflect on so many groups and individuals who play essential roles in Rushcliffe communities. We are pleased to again welcome Great Northern Group as lead sponsors who run Gilt and The Refinery in West Bridgford and Gilt in Bingham.
The 10 categories for the 2022 Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards are …
- Volunteer of the Year – An individual or group who gives countless hours and dedication to a Rushcliffe community.
- Business of the Year – Recognising a business in the Borough that supports the local community. This could be through employing local people and apprentices, growing their business, providing work experience or putting profit back into the Rushcliffe economy.
- Young Person/Group of the Year – An individual or group to watch in the future or being an excellent role model for other young people to emulate.
- Community Group of the Year – Recognising a club, organisation or community group who may have achieved success and are helping create a sense of place, epitomising what makes Rushcliffe great by coming together to improve their local area.
- Sportsperson of the Year – An individual who has achieved great success in their chosen sport, made a significant impact in their sport or in their club or team, been a role model for others and raised the profile of their sport or made considerable improvement in their performances and achievements.
- Sports Club of the Year – Acknowledging a sports club who has achieved success in their sport through diversity, competition or overcoming barriers to enable people to participate. Coaches, officials and volunteer nominations are encouraged to highlight achievements and club initiatives that have helped increase membership or the development of a new section.
- Food and Drink Establishment of the Year – Recognising a fantastic outlet who provide quality, provenance, and presentation as well as being the best place for a cuppa, sandwich, pint, pizza, or pie.
- Health and Wellbeing Award – Celebrating an individual’s or group’s tireless dedication in improving the health and wellbeing of members of their local community.
- Environmental Group or Project of the Year – Acknowledging individuals, organisations or projects that have an impact in making Rushcliffe a ‘greener’ place. This could include promoting nature conservation, reducing waste, improving energy efficiency, water conservation or improving quality of life for the people of the Borough.
- The Pride of Rushcliffe Award – An individual or organisation who makes others proud to live in Rushcliffe. This could be an inspirational sportsperson, public figure or head of a community or voluntary group who leads by example to make the Borough a better place to live and work.
Please see below the link to the 2022 nomination form, perhaps you have another worthy nomination?
Please note the deadline for nominations is 11pm on Sunday 16th October.
All shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the awards evening later in the year.
Community Development Team
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council are organizing the forum in conjunction with Notts Wildlife Trust and anyone involved in nature conservation in Rushcliffe can attend. It is on Saturday 1st Oct.
Please follow this link for details of this year’s forum, which will be held at FarmEco in Screveton https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rushcliffe-nature-conservation-forum-tickets-396949676167 This is the first forum we’ve arranged for a few years, so we’re really looking forward to catching up in person. Please book your place via the Event Brite Link. This is open to all Rushcliffe Friends groups, volunteers involved with managing wildlife spaces and nature conservation enthusiasts in the Borough.
According to Notts Birders two pairs of Red Kites have successfully bred in Rushcliffe this year. Apparently Red Kites are noted for setting up clusters of nests, so they are hoping that this is the start of a colonisation process over the next few years. So keep an eye on the sky, the next big bird you see might not be the usual Buzzard. Although it does make me wonder – will they be in competition with Buzzards anyone know ?
To look out for – the reddish colouring on the body, upper tail and wing, but probably most notable is that Red Kites have a shallow forked tail, whilst the Buzzard tail fans out. Bigger than a Buzzard it `s call is described as a thin piping sound, similar to but less mewling than the common buzzard.
Bonus fact – the UK supports 10% of the RK population.