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Wildlife Charity congratulates Creswell Crags Team for its efforts to protect wildlife

Monday 4th December

Wildlife Charity congratulates Creswell Crags Team for its efforts to protect wildlife

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has praised the work done by staff and volunteers at a world famous archaeological site for the work done to ensure that the needs of wildlife are carefully considered. Staff and volunteers at Creswell Crags, won the Group category in the charity’s Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards which are supported by CEMEX UK & EDF ENERGY. The team at Creswell Crags, famous for its caves and stone tools and remains of animals found in them dating back between as far as 50,000 years have been congratulated for their efforts to protect and encourage wildlife in the country park which surrounds the cave system, visitor centre and museum.

The site, which sits right on the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire border just outside Worksop,  has habitats ranging from a lake to areas of woodland and meadow making it a haven for wildlife. Staff, including Ranger Jim Anderson and Jack Baddams a keen ornithologist help to record and monitor wildlife whilst volunteers help to manage habitats to encourage species such as birds butterflies and bats. (Jim is pictured receiving his certificate from the Chair of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Worksop Local Members' Group Sue McIlwaine)

Jim, who was presented with a Wildlife on Your Doorstep certificate by the Chair of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Worksop Local Group Su Mcilwaine, has worked at Creswell Crags for 13 years and carries out much of the habitat management on site, supported by volunteers, including Volunteer Warden Rob Edwards and students for Portland College. This year the team has also benefited from the input of Ben Slothfield a work placement student who won North Notts College’s Rising Star Award for his work at the visitor museum 

Speaking about the award our Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “The aim of our Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards is to recognise the efforts of people and organisations across the county who are doing their bit to help wildlife. We were delighted to hear about how much the team at Creswell Crags cares about wildlife and the lengths they go to encourage and protect it.”

Wildlife recorded at the site ranges from water voles to bats to kingfishers. Over the summer 17 species of butterfly including small copper and common blue were recorded in just one hour during a survey and white letter hairstreak butterflies have also been recorded.

Other measures to help wildlife include closing one of the caves for three months each year to protect the bat population, selling special food for visitors to feed ducks and swans on the lake and conducting bird ringing surveys to monitor the health of the bird population.

The Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards are an annual programme of awards presented by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to recognise  and reward the efforts of individuals, schools and groups for their contribution to wildlife conservation in the county.

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