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Skylarks Appeal

Can you help us with a once in a lifetime opportunity? We need to raise funds to extent Skylarks Nature Reserve, at Holme Pierrepont and we’re asking you to donate to help us buy the land.  The site is a valuable home for a number of wildlife species including nearly 200 species of birds which have been recorded here, including some rare migrants!. If you can help then please visit…

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Baby dormouse helped by mum

Some night time footage of a dormouse and its baby, showing a great success for our 2013 Dormice project.
Dormice have return to a Nottinghamshire woodland - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have been working with PTES, (Peoples Trust for Endangered Species) who have successfully reintroduced dormice to a Notts woodland. It is thanks to our members that we are able to protect and improve many woodland spaces for wildlife like…

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Idle Valley - a Living Landscape

Idle Valley Nature Reserve is a picturesque wetland haven, near Retford in Nottinghamshire. This short video captures its beauty, telling the story of how much this reserve plays a part in joining the dots for wildlife in the surrounding area and how it forms an important Living Landscape.
With thanks to Nick Kirk at Moving Stories for the video
and also to Ann Biddle for the…

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Atmospheric Attenborough - a relaxing look at a unique nature reserve

A video highlighting the sights and sounds of our atmospheric Attenborough Nature reserve, created by one of our wonderful volunteers Russell Bingley[].

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Starlings Murmuration at Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Check out this magical spectacle spotted above Idle Valley Nature Reserve, near Retford.

During autumn and winter, these 'dark clouds' can often be seen in our skies. These are one of many natural wonders to be seen in the UK: 'starling murmurations'.

Thousands of starlings fly in beautiful patterns, flocking together in massive clouds: swooping and wheeling in the air.
Look out for this wonderful spectacle in the skies above many of our nature reserves, each year.


Starling murmuration at Idle Valley Nature Reserve

A Murmuration is a gathering of large flocks of Starlings. They start to get together at Dusk during Autum in their roosting sites and fly together creating amazing swirling patterns.  The reason they get together is because there is safety in numbers, particularily from birds of prey such as Falcons. A large group means its also easier to keep warm during Winter and…

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