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Eakring Meadows

Eakring Meadows The reserve is a fine example of species-rich meadows which have developed on damp or wet soils. Thie resulting wildflower meadows includes many interesting grasses and flowers including sweet vernal, red fescue, Yorkshire fog, lady's smock and ragged robin. Spring and early summer is the best time of year to enjoy the flowers and butterflies.
 

How to get to Eakring Meadows

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The reserve (SK700621 west end, and SK709618 east end) lies about two miles east of Eakring, to the south of Kersall and on the north side of the minor road from the A616 near Caunton to the A614 just north of Bilsthorpe.  A public footpath from Kneesall crosses the reserve at SK703622 and another crosses Penny Pasture Common at SK697623. If using SatNav, enter NG22 0AY for the west end of the reserve, or NG22 0BJ for the eastern end and follow the directions above.

Why not explore these nearby reserves: Mansey Common & Duke's Wood.

 

The reserve covers a series of five wet meadows totalling 9 hectares and bordered by a stream known as the Beck. It is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which includes Penny Pasture Common to the west, also managed by the Wildlife Trust. The meadows and associated ancient hedgerow were purchased by the Trust in 1981 and 1982. The adjacent copses of willow and hawthorn across the stream are managed by agreement with the owners, Thoresby Estates.

The site is one of the best remaining neutral grasslands in the county. It is a fine example of species-rich meadows developed on damp, often wet soils. The dominant grasses are sweet vernal grass, red fescue and Yorkshire fog with patches of greater pond sedge. Characteristic flowering plants include great burnet, lady’s smock and ragged robin. In wetter areas marsh marigold, and in drier areas cowslip and wood goldilocks, are abundant. A good variety of breeding birds have been recorded, including snipe, lapwing, tawny owl, sedge warbler and reed bunting. Many other species use the reserve for feeding and roosting, and wintering species include jack snipe and teal with regular flocks of finches and thrushes. Small mammals present include field vole, pygmy shrew, water vole, mole, and pipistrelle bat. The meadows are important for butterflies and contain good numbers of meadow brown, large and small skipper, small heath, gatekeeper, small tortoiseshell, peacock and red admiral.

The wet areas, ponds and the stream provide ideal habitat for dragonflies, damselflies and aquatic invertebrates. Parts of the roadside hedge are of considerable age and contain a remarkable range of shrubs providing breeding habitat for high populations of whitethroat, blackbird, chaffinch, dunnock, wren and wood mouse.

For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our flickr set

http:[email protected]/sets/72157627067059610/


 

Facilities


Opening times

The reserve is open to the public but care should be taken to avoid damaging the wildflowers if visiting during May and June. Please take care to avoid trampling the hay crop, or disturbing grazing livestock.

 

Events at Eakring Meadows

Idle Valley Wild Tots

Thursday 27th April 2017

Get your little one out in the great outdoors. Messy play and sensory activities all inspired by a wildlife-focused story book for children under five. 10.30 - 11.30am, £4.50 per child. Outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children. Booking essential.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 713 941.


An Introduction to Bats

Friday 28th April 2017

Attenborough is one of the best places in the county to see bats. This evening starts with a fascinating talk, followed by a walk around the reserve using bat detectors. 7 – 10pm, £15 per person, including refreshments. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 29th April 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Bunny Wood Open Day

Sunday 30th April 2017

Join us for this special day, enjoy the spring wild flowers and learn about the wood’s history and management. Activities for all ages. From 10.30am to 4pm with guided walks at 11am and 2pm. Car park on the left of the A60 climbing out of Bunny.
Contact: Chris Terrell-Nield 0115 937 4906


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 6th May 2017

Join us as we explore Attenborough Nature Reserve to find out about our amazing wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child. No need to book, just pay on the day.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Spring

Saturday 6th May 2017

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8 to 11am, £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Skylarks Green Rangers

Saturday 6th May 2017

Are you aged 13-18 years old, like being outdoors and keeping active? If so, then join our Green Rangers and help us look after our Skylarks Nature Reserve! Our varied programme includes tree coppicing, bird box making, pond dipping, bushcraft and lots more. 11 am – 1 pm. No charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May 2017

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough. Finishes with a buffet breakfast in the Nature Centre. 5 – 8.30am. £18 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May 2017

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Idle Valley Nature Reserve. 5.30 - 8.30am and finishing with light refreshments in the Rural Learning Centre. £10 per person.  To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 7th May 2017

Join the wardens for a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Skylarks Wild Walk

Friday 12th May 2017

Come along to Skylarks Nature Reserve for a walk around the largest wetland in Rushcliffe. 10.30 am – 2 pm. Free of charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Katie Last 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 13th May 2017

Your chance to try out a range of equipment, such as binoculars, under real field conditions with expert advice on hand. 10 am – 4 pm. Booking required.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 14th May 2017

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough. 5.30 – 8.30am. £12 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Fun Walk

Sunday 14th May 2017

Funds are being raised by the Rotary Club of Retford to provide a much needed boardwalk leading into the Idle Valley Nature Reserve. This will make access possible all year round, whatever the weather, for people using wheelchairs, mobility vehicles or pushchairs. Come along and join in between 10am and 3pm. You can walk 1.4 miles or 5.8 miles, whilst enjoying the amazing wildlife and lakeside views. Sponsorship forms are available.
Contact: Mary Mitchell (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or make a donation on the day.


Wild Tots Skylarks

Thursday 18th May 2017

Join us as we explore Skylarks Nature Reserve with lots of wildlife-themed activities to enjoy. Suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Spring Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 20th May 2017

A walk for those who wish to improve their identification of Spring birds using sight and sound. 9 - 11am. £6 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 20th May 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Moth Trapping at Skylarks

Saturday 20th May 2017

Join the Wildlife Trust and drop in for a night of moth trapping at Skylarks Nature Reserve and find out what flies the skies at night. 8.30 pm onwards. Free of charge.
Contact: Katie Last 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Identifying Trees in Leaf

Sunday 21st May 2017

The day will focus on identifying common British trees as well as some non-native species. By the end of the day you’ll be able to identify common trees to species level with confidence. 10am – 3pm. £35 per person, including lunch, refreshments and ID chart. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop


Idle Valley Wild Tots

Thursday 25th May 2017

Seasonal activities for 2 – 4 year olds with an adult. 10.30 – 11.30 am. Booking required.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 713 941


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Saturday 27th May 2017

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. Continues until 29 May. 10am – 4pm daily.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Sunday 28th May 2017

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. Continues until 29 May. 10am – 4pm daily.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Monday 29th May 2017

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. Continues until 29 May. 10am – 4pm daily.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Life in the Water

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our watery wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Life in the Water

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and find out more about our watery wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Green Rangers – Pond Dipping for Teenagers

Thursday 1st June 2017

To kick off this year’s 30 Days Wild campaign, join the Green Rangers for some serious pond dipping and discover our aquatic wildlife, and then have a closer look using microscopes back in the study lab! Suitable for young people aged 13 yrs and over. Parental consent required if unaccompanied. 10.15am – 12.15pm. £7 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop


Idle Valley Wild Woodlands Holiday Club

Thursday 1st June 2017

Come along and enjoy some activities for children 8 years and over. 10.30 am - 2 pm. Bring a packed lunch. Booking required.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 713 941


Green Man Workshop

Thursday 1st June 2017

Start the month as you mean to go on with this Green Man outdoor workshop at Skylarks Nature Reserve. Learn about ‘green man’ imagery in history, archaeology and folklore. Have a go at carving your own using traditional techniques and local wood. Workshop is for adults aged 18+ and requires you to have a good degree of manual dexterity as you will be using sharp tools. 1 – 3 pm, free of charge.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 058 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Idle Valley Wild Play Holiday Club

Friday 2nd June 2017

Enjoy some activities for children 8 years and over. 10.30 am – 12 noon. Booking required.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 713 941


Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Summer

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Join professional photographer Iain McMillan for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to use your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8 to 11am, £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wilwell Farm Cutting Open Day

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Join a series of guided walks with Gordon Dyne, the Warden, to look at the site’s flora. Walks start at 10am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3pm. The reserve is on the road between Wilford and Ruddington near the Ring Road bridge and will be signposted.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 4th June 2017

Join the wardens for a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Dyes & Textiles Workshop

Thursday 8th June 2017

A day for adults investigating ancient textiles and dyes at Skylarks Nature Reserve. A mixture of teaching and practical sessions will give you a basic introduction to the history and archaeology of textiles, and you will create and dye your own skein of yarn using ancient techniques. 10 am – 2 pm. Free, but booking required.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 10th June 2017

Join us as we explore Attenborough Nature Reserve to find out about our amazing wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child. No need to book, just pay on the day.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


30 Days Wild – Go Wild!

Saturday 10th June 2017

Join us for lots of fun-filled activities as we get wild in Skylarks Nature Reserve. Suitable for all the family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in between 11 am to 3 pm and come dressed for the weather. Free of charge.
Contact: Andrew Shaw (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Skylarks Green Rangers

Saturday 10th June 2017

Are you aged 13-18 years old, like being outdoors and keeping active? If so, then join our Green Rangers and help us look after our Skylarks Nature Reserve! Our varied programme includes tree coppicing, bird box making, pond dipping, bushcraft and lots more. 11 am – 1 pm. No charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Mud Monsters

Saturday 10th June 2017

As part of 30 Days Wild come along and be part of the Mud Monsters team at the Anglo Saxon grubenhaus at Skylarks Nature Reserve. Mix up some lovely muddy daub and try your hand at ‘daubing’ the walls of our house. 11 am – 3 pm.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Summer Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 10th June 2017

A walk for those who wish to improve their identification of summer birds using sight and sound. 9 - 11am. £6 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Tots Skylarks

Thursday 15th June 2017

Join us as we explore Skylarks Nature Reserve with lots of wildlife-themed activities to enjoy. Suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Experimental Pottery Workshop

Thursday 15th June 2017

Learn about Saxon pottery at Skylarks; how it was made, decorated and used. Try out different clay mixes and learn about the technology behind them. Have a go at crafting your own Saxon pot. 10 am – 2 pm. For adults aged 18+. Free, but booking required.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Optics Demonstration Day with Opticron

Saturday 17th June 2017

Your chance to try out a range of equipment, such as binoculars, under real field conditions with expert advice on hand. 10 am – 4 pm. Booking required.
Contact: Idle Valley 01777 713 941


An Introduction to Wild Flowers at Idle Valley

Sunday 18th June 2017

An introduction to meadow wildflowers. Learn how to identify the beautiful wildflowers of Idle Valley with our experts and gain the skills you need to identify them yourself. 10am – 4pm. £35 per person. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop


Wildflower Evening

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Spend a gentle evening exploring the wild flowers and botany of the King’s Meadow Nature Reserve, known for its orchids. No botanical experience required, just an interest! 6 – 8 pm. Meet at the entrance to Birdcage Walk, off Lenton Lane.
Contact: Lucy Kennedy (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 24th June 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Wild Kids Attenborough

Saturday 1st July 2017

Join us as we explore Attenborough Nature Reserve to find out about our amazing wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.15am – 12.15pm, £6 per child. No need to book, just pay on the day.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Pond Dipping for Adults at Skylarks

Saturday 1st July 2017

Skylarks is an important wetland in the River Trent wildlife corridor and its ponds are home to some amazing wildlife. This session will give you the opportunity to sample the ponds with nets and identify and record the myriad freshwater invertebrates encountered. 1.30 – 3.30 pm, free of charge but booking essential.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Skylarks Green Rangers

Saturday 1st July 2017

Are you aged 13-18 years old, like being outdoors and keeping active? If so, then join our Green Rangers and help us look after our Skylarks Nature Reserve! Our varied programme includes tree coppicing, bird box making, pond dipping, bushcraft and lots more. 11 am – 1 pm. No charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Join the wardens for a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Wild Tots Attenborough

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Parent and toddler session suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon and 1 – 2.30pm. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Flora for Improvers

Saturday 8th July 2017

Join David Wood to look in detail at the flora of Wilford Claypits (incl. grasses, sedges, rushes}. Meet 9.30 am at the Compton Acres entrance. Bring a packed lunch if you wish to stay all day.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Bunny Wood Invertebrate Walk

Saturday 15th July 2017

Join Chris Terrell-Nield and the South Notts Local Group for this walk around the reserve. Meet at 2 pm at the Bunny Wood car park.
Contact: Chris Terrell-Nield 0115 937 4906


Wild Tots Skylarks

Thursday 20th July 2017

Join us as we explore Skylarks Nature Reserve with lots of wildlife-themed activities to enjoy. Suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Mini Museum at Skylarks

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Travel through time with the community archaeologist. Handle flint tools, Roman pottery, Saxon bling and more as you are taken on a whistle-stop tour of history through some of the artefacts our ancestors left behind. The Mini Museum is an inspiring mix of replica pieces and authentic artefacts designed to fire the imagination. 1 – 3 pm. Booking required.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Idle Valley Wild Tots

Thursday 27th July 2017

Get your little one out in the great outdoors. Messy play and sensory activities all inspired by a wildlife-focused story book for children under five. 10.30 - 11.30am, £4.50 per child. Outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children. Booking essential.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 713 941.


Nature Discovery Day

Thursday 27th July 2017

Come and join us down at Skylarks and have lots of fun pond dipping, sweep netting and tree beating, and have a closer look at the wildlife you will find. Free of charge, but booking essential. 10 am – 12 noon.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Early Medieval Trinkets

Saturday 29th July 2017

Join us at Skylarks and have a go at a variety of Anglo Saxon and Viking crafts and take away trinkets of your own creation. Free session, drop in between midday and 3 pm.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Attenborough Holiday Club – Dazzling Dinosaurs

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover the wildlife that used to live at Attenborough. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Dazzling Dinosaurs

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover the wildlife that used to live at Attenborough. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Skylarks Green Rangers

Saturday 5th August 2017

Are you aged 13-18 years old, like being outdoors and keeping active? If so, then join our Green Rangers and help us look after our Skylarks Nature Reserve! Our varied programme includes tree coppicing, bird box making, pond dipping, bushcraft and lots more. 11 am – 1 pm. No charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Attenborough Nature Walk

Sunday 6th August 2017

Join the wardens for a walk around the reserve. No dogs please. No need to book. Meet 10.30am.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Attenborough Holiday Club – Pond Explorers

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover the wildlife that lives under the water. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Pond Explorers

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover the wildlife that lives under the water. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Woodland Explorers

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as we have fun in the woods. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Woodland Explorers

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as we have fun in the woods. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 17th August 2017

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in the woods! Child-led activities to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for 2 - 4yr olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Tots Skylarks

Thursday 17th August 2017

Join us as we explore Skylarks Nature Reserve with lots of wildlife-themed activities to enjoy. Suitable for 2 to 4 year olds. 10.30am – 12 noon. £6 per child. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
Contact: Andrew Shaw 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Moth Trapping at Skylarks

Saturday 19th August 2017

Join the Wildlife Trust and drop in for a night of moth trapping at Skylarks Nature Reserve and find out what flies the skies at night. 8.30 pm onwards. Free of charge.
Contact: Katie Last 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Attenborough Holiday Club – Marvellous Meadows

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as explore the meadow and its wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Attenborough Holiday Club – Marvellous Meadows

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Join us for some fun-filled activities at Attenborough Nature Reserve as explore the meadow and its wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Wild Play at Attenborough

Thursday 24th August 2017

Join us for a play session to explore and have fun in the woods! Child-led activities to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. Suitable for 2 - 4yr olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance and come dressed for the weather! 10.15am – 12.15pm. £6 per child. To book, click on the Training & Events category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.


Skylarks Festival

Thursday 24th August 2017

Come down to Skylarks and take part in our annual Festival, with lots of activities and displays to keep the whole family entertained. 2 - 8pm. Free, just drop in. Toilets available and ample car parking.
Contact: Laura Bacon 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 26th August 2017

Join the group for a guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve. 10am - 1pm. Meet in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 0115 916 6518 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Skylarks Wild Walk

Sunday 27th August 2017

Come along to Skylarks Nature Reserve for a walk around the largest wetland in Rushcliffe. 10.30 am – 2 pm. Free of charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Katie Last 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Pond Dipping

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Join us for a session of pond dipping at Attenborough Nature Reserve and discover our underwater wildlife. Suitable for children aged 4 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come dressed for the weather! Drop in event, no need to book. 11am – 12 noon. £4 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


Bugs & Bears Picnic

Thursday 31st August 2017

Bring along a picnic and your favourite bear for some wild activities in our beautiful meadow at Attenborough. Suitable for all the family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come dressed for the weather! Drop in between 11am and 2pm, £4 per child.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


News from Eakring Meadows

We’re being supported by funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Thursday 26th January 2017

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to receive funding again for its woodland wildlife experiences for children and families during 2017.

Find out more

 

2017 Wildlife Lecture Series

Thursday 24th November 2016

Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas present for a family member or friend? Do you want to make your new year’s resolution to learn more about nature? Then obtaining a ticket for one of our superb guest lectures may just be the thing for you!

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Deep disappointment following decision to allow drilling close to nature reserve

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has spoken of its deep disappointment that Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning Committee has voted in support of an application for exploratory drilling at Misson Springs – just 125m from the Charity’s Misson Carr Nature Reserve in north Nottinghamshire…..

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Another first for much loved Nottinghamshire nature reserve

Thursday 1st September 2016

Attenborough Nature Reserve continues to reveal new species thanks to the eagle eyed staff.

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Community rallies to help support access improvements at Trent Vale Nature Reserve

Thursday 25th August 2016

On Thursday August 18th, staff and volunteers from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust were joined at Besthorpe Nature Reserve by members of the local community and local community representatives as the charity unveiled a range of access improvements at this important and popular nature reserve…..

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Wildlife Trust family friendly open day to help people discover city woodland gem

Tuesday 16th August 2016

On Friday August 19th, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be hosting a family friendly open day between 1pm and 4pm at Sellers Wood Nature Reserve off Wood Link, Bulwell to enable city residents to discover one of Nottingham’s little known wildlife gems…...

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Wildlife Trust calls on health sector to develop a sustainable funding model for natural therapies

Monday 16th May 2016

Mental Health Awareness week is upon us (16-22nd May 2016), but for local award-winning mental health project -  Recovery - based at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley reserve, there is little to celebrate.

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Brewery re-launches special Idle Valley ‘Reserve’ Ale

Friday 22nd April 2016

Brewery re-launches special ‘Reserve’ Ale to highlight Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s largest nature reserve.

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Attenborough Exhibits Michael Warren Originals

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Renowned wildlife artist to hold special exhibition to raise funds for work at much loved Attenborough Nature Reserve over 50th Anniversary weekend.

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Springtime is here at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Thursday 24th March 2016

Shake off those winter cobwebs and get back to nature this April with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. There is a packed schedule of events with a variety of activities suitable for the whole family and wildlife lovers of all ages and interests are encouraged to get involved and try something different.

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Celebrating 50th Anniversary of wildlife charities special meeting

Friday 11th March 2016

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of wildlife charities special meeting – leading to the formation of county-wide network of local groups.

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Birdwatchers raise hundreds of pounds for Wildlife Trust

Friday 26th February 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust today presented a special ‘Sponsored Birdwatch’ Trophy for the 1st time in over a decade.

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Hero or Villian? Ambitious lecture series set for fascinating finale with topical badger discussion

Monday 22nd February 2016

Our ambitious lecture series is set for a fascinating finale with a topical event focused on badgers by Guardian journalist Patrick Barkham.

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Children’s Wildlife Drawing Competition Launched

Tuesday 16th February 2016

As part of The Wildlife Trusts’ national ‘every child wild’ campaign, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to launch an exciting drawing competition for children at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, near Retford.

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First Time Marathon Runner Attempts Robin Hood Marathon for Sherwood Wildlife

Monday 15th February 2016

Grace Clark, a City Council worker at Glenbrook Management Centre, has taken up the challenge of running the full Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon to fundraise for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s campaign ‘Champions of Sherwood’.

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Don’t let the kids drive you wild this half-term

Monday 8th February 2016

If you’re not sure what to do with the kids at half-term, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has a packed programme of events at its Idle Valley Nature Reserve meaning you can have a great day out on your doorstep.

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Wildlife Trusts Reserves Come 1st & 2nd in Britain’s favourite nature reserve

Thursday 4th February 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is proud to announce that it’s Attenborough Nature Reserve has been chosen by voters in LandLove Magazine’s Awards as Britain’s second favourite nature reserve.

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Players of People’s Postcode set to support new woodland workshop programme

Monday 18th January 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based conservation charity, has welcomed the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery for an ambitious education programme which will help to connect children and families with the natural world…..

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The eyes have it

Monday 11th January 2016

A species of flatworm, so new to science it doesn’t even have a name yet, has recently been confirmed at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham…..

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Wildlife Trust Wetland Wildlife Weekend

Thursday 19th November 2015

This weekend, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015 is the Wildlife Trusts Wetland Wildlife Weekend.

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Wildlife Trust gearing up for biggest event of the year at Idle Valley

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Staff and volunteers at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are preparing for the largest event of the year at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve. This year’s Autumn Festival will be bigger and better than evenr and will be a celebration of local wildlife and the season.

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High profile environmental campaigner and writer to visit Idle Valley

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Writer and environmental campaigner George Monbiot will visit Idle Valley Nature Reserve next month ahead of a sell-out lecture on the subject or Re-wilding…..

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Nightjar success at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Wildlife Trust hails success of habitat restoration as pair of rare nightjars take up residence at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve.

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High profile lecture series set to put charity’s largest site at Idle Valley on the map

Wednesday 5th August 2015

Wildlife Trust to welcome high profile speakers to its Idle Valley Nature Reserve, including George Monbiot (pictured).

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Much loved nature reserve gears up for another ‘Bioblitz’

Monday 15th June 2015

Staff and volunteers at Nottinghamshire Wildlife’s Attenborough Nature Reserve are gearing up for their annual wildlife surveying spectacular, an event known as a Bioblitz. The aim of the two day event is to gather data on a range of wild species, from plants and insects to birds, mammals and fish to help ensure that the site is in good heatlth and to help shape decisions about the future management of the site. Speaking about the Bioblitz, Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Survey records are the starting point for all good conservation work. We need to know what species are living on a site in order to be able to make informed decsions about how it should be managed. On an established nature reserve such as Attenborough, regular species surveys help us to check if management is working and helps us spot positive and negative trends in species populations. If we notice that a species is on the increase this may be a sign that management is working or if we note species are in decline we can sometimes do more to help them. The other real benefit of Bioblitz events is that people get to see, enjoy and learn about a wide range of species.

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Bittern Young at Attenborough!

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Wildlife Trust hopes that first time breeding success could be the start of a mini bittern population boom.

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Recovery - Idle Valley Needs Your Votes!

Thursday 7th May 2015

The Recovery ecotherapy project based at Idle Valley Nature Reserve is an award-winning therapeutic conservation and horticultural service for people in Bassetlaw experiencing mental health problems, which was initially funded by Ecominds, a partnership between Mind and the Big Lottery Fund. The project now needs more funds to continue.

Recovery has been successful in being included in the Aviva Community Fund but it needs your help by voting. The more votes the project gets the better as the top few will then be put forward to a final panel of judges to award the £10,000.

All you need to do is go to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/1220/ and register your email to gain 10 votes to use.

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Join us as we celebrate 10 years of success at Attenborough Nature Centre

Friday 13th March 2015

Join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as we celebrate 10 years of success at the Attenborough Nature Centre. Our ‘birthday’ weekend on March 21st & 22nd will be packed with family friendly activities and great opportunities to enjoy the site’s wildlife.

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Open Day set to celebrate Skylarks funding success

Friday 13th March 2015

Join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on Saturday 11th April for a day of celebration at the recently extended Skylarks Nature Reserve at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.Skylarks Open Day

There will be a range of activities throughout the day, plus guided walks at 10.00am and 2.00pm
For further details contact Ruth Testa on 0115 958 8242 or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Development of new wetland nature reserve recieves £607,000 boost

Thursday 31st July 2014

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have been successful in securing over £1 million of funding towards the ‘Not a Blott on the Landscape’ project – our most successful fundraising campaign for a conservation project in our 50 year history.,,,,

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Rare Bat roost found at Attenborough

Thursday 10th October 2013

A rare migratory bat, the Nathusius’ pipistrelle, has been discovered roosting for the first time in Nottinghamshire.

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Tern up for the books

Thursday 12th September 2013

The arrival of a rare white-winged black tern has caused real excitement at Attenborough Nature Reserve in the past few days.

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Study reveals reserve’s secret past

Tuesday 9th July 2013

A recent archaeological study of our Girton Grasslands Nature Reserve, near Girton, has revealed that it was in fact created as a ingenious solution to a common problem.

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