July is a mixed month. As we come into high summer birds are quieter and less obvious, as they raise their broods, but there is always the chance of seeing the first migrants flying through as they leave for their winter grounds. July marks the start of the end of the wildflower season, but there is still plenty to see and, importantly,   plenty for insects to feed on. A wide range of hoverflies, dragonflies, damselflies and various bugs and beetles should be present, and all of the summer butterflies should be on the wing, including ‘His Imperial Majesty’, the Purple Emperor.

To find out more of what nature may have to offer in the coming month, read our guide for July.

Why not make the most of the – hopefully – good weather, and visit local wildlife sites around Rushcliffe? Click here for some useful links to nature reserves in Rushcliffe, both NWT and Friends of sites, and some other sites outside of Rushcliffe.

 Get closer to nature through our organised events

Sat 2nd Jul – Moth Morning at Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve

View in detail the contents of last night’s moth trap with Paul Dulwich. Meeting 7 am.  NUMBERS ARE LIMITED to allow people to get a good view of the night’s haul. Contact Gordon Dyne (gordon.dyne@gmail.com) to reserve a slot.

Bioblitz 2022 at Rushcliffe Country Park Saturday 2nd July evening

Bats walk and moth trapping

Bioblitz 2022 at Rushcliffe Country Park Sunday 3rd July 10am to 5pm

Do you own survey or accompany in walks and talks various experts in birds, plants, insects etc.

For more detailed information.  Click here

Wednesday 13th July      Evening walk round Dewberry Hill Nature Reserve at Radcliffe on Trent

Meet 6.30 pm at the entrance on Cropwell Road (going out of Radcliffe), parking on the left about 150m beyond the traffic lights up the hill. For more information contact Gordon Dyne (gordon.dyne@gmail.com)

Sunday 17th July     Bingham Linear Park  Nature Walk

Walk to see what is about – insects, birds, flowers. Wear clothing suitable for the weather and stout shoes/boots as the path is rough. The path can also get quite overgrown. Bring a drink if hot and a hat. Meet at top of steps by Tithby Road Bridge, Bingham 1000 to 1300.

Sunday 17th July   Gotham Open Gardens

1030 to 1230 Gotham Nature Reserve (SSSI)   –   Family activities

1300 to 1800 Gardens open

For more information click here

Sunday 24th July Wildflower Walk at Cotgrave Country Park

Walk in the park and explore our wonderful wildflowers!

10am to 12 noon. Meet at Hollygate Lane Car Park at 10 am. No dogs please! 15 participants (Children aged 10 plus welcome if accompanied by an adult). Adults £2 Children Free.

Booking at www.Ticketsource.co.uk/the-friends-of-cotgrave-country-park.


After this year’s AGM, Northern Nature Recovery Manager Janice Bradley gave an excellent talk on Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s exciting new Beaver Project at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

The talk was recorded, and is now available to view via Eventbrite. Viewing the talk costs £3 (incl. booking fee), and all funds raised will be donated to the Beaver Project. The talk will be available on YouTube until the end of September. For more information, including a link to Evenbrite, click here.

Work Parties

Our local nature reserves rely on volunteers to help maintain them, and organise regular work parties.  July’s dates are listed here, so if you have some spare time and energy please feel free to join in – you will be very welcome!

Don’t forget, you can find out more about what’s happening with nature in Rushcliffe by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthNottsWildlifeGroup