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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://www.flickr.com/photos/[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

An Introduction to Bats

Friday 27th April 2018

Attenborough is one of the best places in the country to see bats. This evening starts with a fascinating talk, followed by a walk around the reserve using bat detectors. 7pm-10pm, £15. Booking essential. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Green Rangers Attenborough

Saturday 28th April 2018

Green Rangers are taking over Attenborough Nature Reserve for the day! Why not come along and get involved - meet new people, learn something new, whilst having fun too. Open to 13- 19 year olds. 11am-1pm. Free of charge, but booking essential.
Contact: Laura Bacon 0115 958 8242 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 28th April 2018

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
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Bunny Wood Open Day

Sunday 29th April 2018

From 10.30am-4pm. Guided walks at 11am and 2pm and there will be a children’s scavenger hunt. Bunny Wood is on the left of the A60 climbing out of Bunny village, car parking available.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


An Introduction to Wildlife Photography in Spring

Saturday 5th May 2018

Join professional photographer, Iain McMillan, for a morning of wildlife photography around the reserve. Learn how to get the best from your own equipment and use Iain’s extensive range of professional kit. 8.00-11.00am, £35. To book, visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 6th May 2018

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough. Finishes with a full breakfast buffet in the Nature Centre. 5-8.30am, £18. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 6th May 2018

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Idle Valley. Finishes with light refreshments at the Rural Learning Centre. 6.30-9am, £10. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 13th May 2018

A wonderful chance to experience the early morning chorus of birdsong at Attenborough. 6.30-8.30am, £12. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Wildlife at Wilwell Farm Cutting

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Join Tim Williams and the South Notts Local Group to look at the common and not so obvious items of wildlife interest. Meet 7pm at the car park, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Spring Bird Identification Walk

Saturday 19th May 2018

Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound at Attenborough Nature Reserve. 9-11am, £6. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Beeston Wildlife Group Walk

Saturday 19th May 2018

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
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Identifying Trees in Leaf

Sunday 20th May 2018

This day course 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. Lunch and refreshments are included. 10am-3pm, £35. To book visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.


Attenborough Forest School

Thursday 24th May 2018

A Forest School session especially for Home Schoolers aged between 5 and 11. Join us for a seasonal take on den building, fire lighting and cooking, bushcraft, wildlife discovery and much more. Please come dressed for the weather and prepared to get muddy! 1- 3pm, £6 per child. To book, visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Children’s Activities category. 


Wildlife Art Exhibition

Saturday 26th May 2018

Meet wildlife artist Paul Dyson as he demonstrates and exhibits his art from around the world. 10am – 4pm daily until 28 May.
Contact: Attenborough Nature Centre 0115 972 1777


News from Eakring Meadows

Wildlife Trust issues open inviation to visit Trentside Nature Reserve at Farndon

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today issued an open invitation for people to visit its Farndon Willow Holt Nature Reserve this weekend…....................

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Wildlife Watch goes from strength to strength across the county

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has long-established groups across the county and over the past few months we’ve been able to launch two great new groups thanks to the efforts of dedicated local volunteers and support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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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.

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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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