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Wollaton volunteer group encourages more people to take a look at the wildlife on their doorstep

Wednesday 5th August

Wollaton volunteer group encourages more people to take a look at the wildlife on their doorstep

The Friends of Wollaton Nature Reserves, a local volunteer group which helps manage a number of important wildlife areas in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Nottingham City Council,  has highlighted the delights of one of the sites they care for and is keen to hear from people interested in getting involved. 

One of the sites they care for - Harrison's Plantation, which includes Raleigh Pond - can be accessed off Lamborune Drive and the group feels that the new twenty mile an hour speed limit on the road has made it more likely that people will have noticed the site as they go about their everyday business. The site is descrided as a 'wooded wildlife haven' by member Ian Greatorex.

Visitors entering the site from Lambourne Drive pass through a wooded area which then oepns out onto Raleigh Pond which is surrounded by a circular path. A path on the far side of the pond leads to Old Coach Road where an entrance leads past a wildflower meadow into the main woodland section of the Reserve - which links through to Martin's Pond.  Both Harrison's Plantation and Martin's Pond are 'Green Flag’ reserves but are, according to the group, frequently overlooked with many local residents not being aware of the wealth of wildlife and history on their doorstep.

Once part of the estate of Wollaton’s Willoughby family, the area provided both firewood and fish for the estate. Today the two reserves are home to a surprising amount of wildlife.

Mr Greatorex explained "Elf cap mushrooms can be seen in early April and wood anemone flowers nestle near the fence as the stream leaves Raleigh Pond. The wildflower meadow, carefully managed by the Wildlife Trust and dedicated volunteers, has over 30 different types of native wild flower and the number increases each year."

Both Raleigh and Martin’s Ponds are home to mallards, coots and moorhens whilst Martin’s Pond is also home to mute swans. Other birds include jays, treecreepers, nuthatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers - which can be heard if not seen throughout Harrison’sPlantation -  as well as finches, robins, great tits and blue tits

Mr Greatorex added: "Providing you are armed with a bat detector and are prepared to venture into the wood at night, you will be able to identify pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bats flying through the wood and over the water as they catch insects."

So, next time you are on Lambourne Drive don’t just pass by - take a stroll and enjoy the sites’ wildlife.

You can even help maintain these reserves by joining the friends group which organise monthly events throughout the year on the second Saturday at 10.00am. Anyone wishing to come should telephone 0115928 4568 to find out where to meet.

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