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Wildlife Trust launches roving conservation volunteer team

This was sent in from the Wildlife Trust’s City Local group…..it sounds like a good initiative….

 

 

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts (NWT) Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme NUWS) has been working with the City Council Rangers and the NWT City Local Group (CLG) to establish a roving volunteer team to support conservation work on those City Wildlife sites which do not currently have their own Friends Groups.

A Saturday morning in January saw some of us burning off the calories at Whitemoor Nature Reserve.

 

Led by City Ranger Simon (who is also Vice-Chair of NUWS and a CLG committee member) we cleared scrub and bramble to enable some of the grassland to recover, providing a valuable diversity of habitat.

And we had some fun, exercise and fresh air – all those involved will happily repeat the experience.

We have further sessions planned:

Sunrise Hill – Saturday 20th February 10.00 – 2.00, meet at the entrance on Landcroft Crescent, off Arnold Road in Bestwood.

Sandy Banks – Saturday 12th march  10.00-2.00, meet at the the junction of Edwards Lane/Breckhampton Road/Chippenham Road in Bestwood.

More will follow and if you’d like to join us please contact Simon or myself.

simon.jenkins@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Martin Willis (Chair of NUWS & CLG)

martin@martin-willis.net

                            

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Birds feeding – but given notice to quit….

Thanks to Vivien Crump, who sent some pictures of birds using feeders on the Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton….

…..Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and Lesser Redpolls (Carduelis cabaret)….

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…and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)……

Great spotted Woodpecker

Unfortunately, this could well be the last year these birds will be able to use these feeders on the allotments, which are threatened by a controversial development plan.   Gardeners were recently given a legal notice to quit, and so must vacate by April next year.  Sadly it seems that the days of this wildlife-rich old allotment site are numbered.

Open Day at Skylarks Nature Reserve

The Wildlife Trust are planning an open day at Skylarks Nature Reserve…..

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Worth a visit…..

 

Collared Earthstar at Attenborough

The Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex) is a beautiful fungus…..

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It’s recently appeared at Attenborough Nature Reserve, as announced on their facebook page – exciting news.

Wildlife Trust City Group – looking into 2015

Here’s a review of the activities of the Wildlife Trust’s Nottingham City Group in 2014, and a look forward to some plans for 2015…

members_mailing_new_year_2015It looks like the group will be busy in 2015, and I hope their activities are successful.

All the best to all for 2015!

A woodland walk in Sherwood….

Here’s a report of recent activities from the Wildlife Trust’s Nottingham City group…..

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Good to hear this urban nature reserve is getting some TLC!

Urban Safari report…..

Thanks to Martin of the Wildlife Trust’s Nottingham City group, who sent in the following report of the “Urban Safari” they held on the 27th of September……

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It sounds like a very good event, and I look forward to hearing more about the activities of the group…..

 

Wildlife Trust City Local Group re-energised

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are currently re-establishing a local group for Nottingham City.  The group held an “Urban Safari” on the Forest Recreation Ground last weekend, and further activities are planned……

members mailing august 2014-page-001This group looks likely to be an excellent way to find out about wildlife and get involved in conservation in the city, and hopefully it will go from strength to strength.

Radford Bridge Road Allotments

The recent decision to overrule local objections and allow development on allotments in Wollaton has caused much controversy.  The 27 acre site is currently surrounded by housing on all sides but one, which abuts Martin’s Pond nature reserve.

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The site is managed by the Radford Bridge Road Gardenholders Association (RBRGA), whose shareholders have been looking to develop part of the site for years.  In fact there are suggestions that parts of the site have been deliberately neglected, and gardens left untenanted, to allow for development…..

Commercial Estates Group are promoting a development on the site which they are calling “Middleton Grange“.  The development includes 110 new houses, as well as new allotments and outside amenity areas.  The developers also aim to “release” money from the development to help improve the adjacent Martin’s Pond reserve.  It is therefore presenting this as an environmentally sensitive development.

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Although the proposed development certainly includes more green space than many others and seems well-planned, it’s no substitute for what stands to be lost.  The new allotments, although well-resourced, would each be much smaller than the existing plots, and of course overall growing space is greatly reduced.  Many existing allotment tenants (who have no decision-making powers within RBRGA) bitterly oppose the plans.

Most importantly, the character of the existing site is very “wild”, with many large trees, well-established hedgerows and scrubby plots creating a wildlife haven.  The allotment’s wildlife value is increased by forming a complex of sites along with Martin’s Pond and Harrison Plantation (another nature reserve). Here are some photos from the site sent in by allotment tenant Sue Marshall…..

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There is strong local opposition to this development, and protests against it, and it remains to be seen if the plan can yet be stopped.  The combination of old working allotments with some areas left for wildlife is of great value to nature, and the new development will never compete with that.  More affordable housing is an important goal for Nottingham, but it must not be at the expense of wildlife.

 

Bee-Friendly Nottingham

The City Council launched a  new campaign this week, aiming to make Nottingham a better city for bees.  Bee-Friendly Nottingham means the Council will undertake some positive land management for bees, as well as promote bee-friendly practices to residents.  It’s a worthy initiative from the Council, and I hope it will succeed.  Get involved!