Coming up  our 2021/22 Winter Wildlife Talks Programme

Thurs Nov 4th  – Gardening for Butterflies with Max and Christine Maughan. The talk looks at why gardens are important for butterflies, and what butterflies you might see in your garden throughout the year.

 Thurs Dec 2nd – On Safari in South Africa  with Barbara Myer. Come with us on a journey to the Greater Krüger National Park and other game reserves in South Africa. Learn about African wildlife, safaris and how the tourism may support wildlife, but also have negative impacts.

See http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=234 for more info and how to book.

Wildlife Articles

 Alternatively you might want to pass the long winter evenings reading some of our local wildlife articles including Tim Williams esoteric Nature Notes, What to Look out for in Rushcliffe month by month and a collection of Neil Pinders Nature Notes from the Rushcliffe News http://www.southnottswildlife.org.uk/content/?page_id=157

Also see our FACEBOOK PAGE for items of current local wildlife interest   https://www.facebook.com/SouthNottsWildlifeGroup  

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

Wildlife Talks

COMING SOON – Our online Winter Wildlife Talks programme starts on Thur Oct 7th with a talk on Flowers of Road Verges and Reserves by Gerald who pent two years photographing the Nature Reserves and flower-bedecked roadsides, all within eight miles of his home in the countryside to the south of Winchester.
Talk is online via ZOOM and cost £3 per device (incl booking fee) via https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/…/2021-10-07…

Tree Council

The Tree Council helps run a network of incredible volunteer Tree Wardens, working together to grow a greener future – and would love for you to get involved. There is a Tree Warden network in Rushcliffe covering many parishes, to see follow this link #trees in your community > https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/tree-wardens/

Seed Gathering Season is one of our favourite times of year – and it’s finally arrived! As autumn begins and the nights draw in, it’s the perfect time to get collecting and get to know your local trees > https://bit.ly/3hGtPUS




Nominations are now open for the 2021 Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards

In conjunction with media partner West Bridgford Wire, the Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards will celebrate the Borough’s wonderful volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors.
It will also be an opportunity to reflect on those that continue to play pivotal roles in the COVID-19 pandemic and how so many groups and individuals have played incredible parts in assisting Rushcliffe communities and local enterprise in times of need.
You can read the full press release at the link below where you will find more information including a list of award categories:
To make a nomination for one of the 10 awards visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CRAs2021
Nominations are open until 11pm on Monday 18th October and the winners will be announced and celebrated in a ceremony to be confirmed later this year.

Progress on Wilford Fields

As it stands, the petition will be presented to the Transport and Environment Committee on the 13th of October where it will be considered and responded to, as part of a wider report covering a number of petitions. Not only that, they’re taking it word for word!
It is envisaged that the petition will be accepted and the actions requested in the petition taken forward.
This is fantastic news. The field is days away from being formally protected and will now be in the community’s hands to prepare for its future.
I will be sharing a poll in the coming week for when we might be able to host an online (zoom) inaugural meeting of the Friends of Wilford Field group where we will elect formal committee positions, adopt a constitution and prepare a future plan. This will be integral to the council accepting that Wilford Field has a bright future and we are the right people to be helping to guide its future.
Councillor Gordon Wheeler has continued to be a fantastic support and has committed to being there at every step of the way. Without him, this petition wouldn’t have made it to the committee let alone been accepted. Thank you Gordon!
The first big step is to make Wilford Field accessible.
Many people will know the pain of the slip’n’slide at the Western entrance as soon as there’s any hint of rain. For some who rely on that entrance or most enjoy walking through the field on their daily commute, this is an annual pain!
Please comment with any recommendations or suggestions on how we might make the steep bank more accessible. This might revolve around durable matting, but you might have other bright ideas that are feasible. Unfortunately, it appears that steps, for health and safety reasons, are beyond consideration.
My personal thought is a slight diverted route going left (when coming up from Sydney Park) on a less steep gradient lightly carved into the side of the bank. Please share your thoughts and we can put these to the council.