Tag Archives: Nature Reserves

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.


Martin Willis (Chair of NUWS & CLG)




Egyptian Goose

More waterfowl – this time an Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) :


This is an African species, which has established feral populations (originally from escaped captive birds) in Eastern England.  Despite its common name, it is not a goose but a duck, related to the Shelduck.

Thanks to Viv Crump for the photo, which was taken at Attenborough Nature Reserve.


Emerald Damselfly

Another excellent close-up from Nic Cairns – an Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa), photographed at Attenborough Nature Reserve…..

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Thanks to Nic for the photo.

Wildlife walk – next Wednesday

Just a quick plug for this forthcoming event from the Wildlife Trust’s City Group….

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts City Local Group

Summer evening walks

Sandy Banks         Glade Hill        Sunrise Hill

Wednesday 26th August 2015 6.30 p.m.

Meet by the flagpole at the entrance to Sandy Banks – junction of Edwards Lane/Beckhampton Road/Chippenham Road

 enquiries to martin@martin-willis.net Tel. 07970178618

Woodland wildflowers

Thanks to Vivien Crump for this photo of a classic May woodland sight…..


Vivien took the photo in Bunny Wood – a Wildlife Trust reserve about 7 miles south of Nottingham. The reserve is one of the closest remnants of ancient woodland to the city, and is reknowned for its bluebells at this time of year.  It’s a bit further out than most of the places I feature, but well worth a visit if you can get out there.

Open Day at Skylarks Nature Reserve

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


Worth a visit…..


Collared Earthstar at Attenborough

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


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

A woodland walk in Sherwood….

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

Woodthorpe Meadow

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

Nottingham Canal

Here’s a photo of the Nottingham Canal, taken from where it passes close to the Cossall Road, north of Trowell :


It’s a very attractive view of an abandoned waterway, which is now a resource for recreation and wildlife.   The canal has not been navigable since the 1930s, but this section is managed by Broxtowe Borough Council for nature conservation, with a walking and cycle trail alongside.  It’s been designated as a local nature reserve, and is well worth a visit.  The path here forms part of the Erewash Valley Trail, which is an excellent day’s cycling expedition….

The Leen at Moor Bridge

Following my recent post on the River Leen, I was interested to see a section of the river near Moor Bridge tram stop…..


This attractive section of river is next to the local nature reserves Moorbridge Pond and Springfield Corner, and is worth a quick explore if you’ve got a bit of time whilst waiting for a tram.