Wildlife Reserve Work Parties in South Nottinghamshire
The following reserves all run volunteer Work Parties. These are a great way to do something practical for nature conservation, get out in the fresh area and meet other people.
Wet and windy weather over the winter means there is still plenty to do on our reserves this spring. All work parties welcome new members! Training and equipment will be provided, but please bring your own protective clothing, gloves and boots. It is also a wise precaution for anybody doing this sort of work regularly to ensure their Tetanus jab is up to date.
Reserve work parties are being held on a regular basis by the friends group at Gotham Nature Reserve, who have set themselves an ambitious work schedule to restore the site over the next couple of years. If you live in or around Gotham village then please try and help out at your local reserve!
A regular reserve work party has been reinstated at Skylarks as part of the on-going major project to incorporate additional land adjacent to the original site. A wide range of tasks, including habitat/woodland management and path maintenance are planned, and volunteers are needed to get work started.
If you are interested please get in touch with the respective Contact (who is also a volunteer) for full details.
Bingham Linear Park : Friends of Bingham Linear Park meet at 10am at the Tithby Road entrance on the third Sunday of each month. From April until October the work party will walk the park (removing litter and minor maintenance) and do butterfly surveying. Full reserve maintenance work resumes in October. Anyone is welcome to help us in these activities. Please bring your own food and drink, wear suitable clothing and stout walking boots/shoes or wellies. NB: There are no toilets on the park. Contact Bill Bacon (01949 838585) or Jenny Craig (01949 838899) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Friends of Bingham Linear Park.
Costock Nature Reserve – To be organized as required – contact Everard Robinson (01509 852268) or email email@example.com
Cotgrave Country Park, working on task days organized with the Friends Of Cotgrave Country Park and volunteer Wardens Task days are Tuesdays, dates vary, but always include the third Tuesday of the month (10 am start). For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07753 850758
Gotham Nature Reserve : A new reserve established in 2012, so there’s lots to do! Gotham Nature Reserve Trust runs work parties as and when leaders are available, including on weekdays. You will be most welcome on any such sessions! Contact Pat Clarke , GNR Trust Secretary ((0115 9830463 or email@example.com) for further information.
Keyworth Meadow : Work parties on occasional Friday mornings as needed. Please contact Neil Pinder (0115 914 4896).
Meadow Park (East Leake) – “Friends Of Meadow Park” meet on the second Saturday of each month (with the exception of August), at 9.55 a.m in East Leake, at the back of (behind) the Parish Office (which is next to the Village Hall) to carry out management tasks. All welcome. Contact Kevin Gibbons on kgibbons166
Sharphill Wood (Edwalton) : Work parties are on the fourth Sunday of every month except August (no work party) and December (second Sunday of the month), from 9.45am to about 1 pm. Contact John Elwell (07794 052672) or complete the online form at www.sharphillwood.org/
Skylarks Nature Reserve (Holme Pieerpont) – Why not come and help at Skylarks’s Rushcliffe’s largest nature reserve. Learn new skills and find out more about the sites wildlife. We have work sessions on alternate Fridays, some Wednesday’s and Sundays. For more details contact Miriam Lawley at MLawley@nottswt.co.uk tel.01159721777.
Springdale Wood (East Bridgford): Friends of Springdale meet at 10am at the Springdale Lane entrance on the first Saturday of each month from October until May. We usually work for 2-3 hours. Work will include hazel and willow coppicing, hedge maintenance and general tidiness. Bring suitable clothing and footwear and a drink. There are no toilets on the site. Further information can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hook (Lady Bay) : Work party meets for two hours on the first Sunday afternoon of each month, 2pm at the pond, Holme Grove. Check www.friendsofthehook.org.uk for confirmation or contact Sam Hudson (07766 447054) or email@example.com.
Wilford Claypit (Compton Acres) : Meets on the second Saturday of each month, 1pm to 4pm. We will decide on the day what needs to be done. Contact Derek Rudge (0115 910 0712 or 07950 211083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wilwell Farm Cutting (Wilford) : Meets on the first Saturday of each month, 1pm till 4pm. Work includes grassland maintenance and coppicing. Contact Gordon Dyne (0115 878 4842 or email email@example.com).
Alternatively Notts Wildlife Trust runs a mid week work party that will do a variety of tasks at reserves across South Nottinghamshire (including our Rushcliffe Reserves at Bunny Wood, Skylarks, Wilford Claypits and Wilwell Cutting. This is all day and for more info contact miriam Lawley (NWT Ranger) on MLawley@nottswt.co.uk