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Wildlife in Bassetlaw

The principle water courses flowing through Bassetlaw are the rivers of Ryton and Idle and the Chesterfield Canal, with the Trent acting as the eastern-most boundary. These watercourses are valuable biodiversity resources providing many habitats for endangered species.  Most of the land surrounding the river is a broad flood plain which is now partly occupied by a number of sand and gravel pits.  A greener landscape is found in the carrs and levels of the Ryton valley, to the north and east of Worksop, and in places scrubby woodland and small plantations are the dominant landscape features.

Projects and activities in Bassetlaw

Bringing back dormice to Basseltaw

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is working with a range of partners and local landowners to help ensure that the hazel dormouse has a long-term future in the county...


Nature reserves in Bassetlaw

Misson Carr

Misson Carr is an extensive reserve which is best enjoyed when the opportunity of a guided walk or event presents itself. Anyone wishing to visit the reserve should contact the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Estate Team on 0115 958 8242 to; unfortunately due to access restrictions it is not possible to enter the reserve without prior arrangement.

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Misson Carr

Walkeringham

Walkeringham Nature Reserve boasts an interesting mosaic of habitats including grassland and a small pond. The species-rich grassland is a great place to spot wildflowers such as southern marsh orchid, bee orchid and bird’s foot trefoil.

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Walkeringham

Dyscarr Wood

Dyscarr Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest covering 17 hectares of North Nottinghamshire countryside. This ancient woodland boasts a diversity of wildlife. There are scrublands and marshes to explore as well!

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Dyscarr Wood

Daneshill Lakes

Daneshill Lakes is a former gravel extraction area which has now been carefully restored to benefit wildlife. The gravel pits themselves have been flooded to create an open water habitat surrounded by willow woodland. Many wild flowers also grow here, attracting butterflies such as brimstone, common blue, meadow brown, gatekeeper and ringlet.

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Daneshill Lakes

Idle Valley

This spectacular wetland site covers an area of 450 hectares following the River Idle northwards. The size of 600 football pitches, it is one of the largest sites for nature conservation in the East Midlands. The acquisition of the site is supported by a grant from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Plan Your Visit

We welcome your visit to the reserve and centre. If you are a large walking group or organised group please contact us so we can discuss your interests, needs and if necessary your seating arrangements in the centre's café for refreshment. We have lots for families to do here, so please pick up activity sheets, hire a discovery pack, make dens in our wildlife play area or take part in our regular wild tots, wild kids and woodland workshops which are all featured in the events diary.

Have Your Say

We would like to know your top 'must see' locations or experiences at Idle Valley Nature Reserve to inspire our plans and help us prioritise access improvements. Your choices could be inspired by species, habitat, view, wildlife spectacle, seasonal features, atmosphere, discovery for children, etc. Please click this link to take you to a short survey to let us know your must see locations.

 

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Idle Valley

Clarborough Tunnel

Clarborough Tunnel Nature Reserve is mix of grassy areas and dense woodland. Most of the reserve covers an area over a railway tunnel created in 1849. The grassland is rich in flowering plants including cowslip, bird's foot trefoil, wild carrot, hoary plantain, knapweed, yellow-wort, spiny restharrow, ox–eye daisy and several species of orchid. Spring and summer are the best times to visit this reserve.

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Clarborough Tunnel

Ashton’s Meadow

Ashton's Meadow Site of Special Scientific Interest is a traditionally maintained ancient meadow that has not seen the use of artificial methods or pesticides for many years. You can still see the original ridges and furrows, while admiring a rich diversity of flowers and wildlife. Spring and summer are the best time to see the array of wild flowers on the reserve, while the grassland butterflies are best seen from July.

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Ashton’s Meadow

Lady Lee Quarry

Lady Lee Quarry is a large shallow lake with well vegetated margins and several small islands. The other major habitat is woodland, together with grassland and marsh. Impressive limestone outcrops around the edge of the quarry are of significant geological interest.

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Lady Lee Quarry

Treswell Wood

Treswell Wood is a very special site and was the first nature reserve to be purchased by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Covering almost 50 hectares, it is one of the best examples of an ash/oak/maple wood in the county.

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Treswell Wood

Eaton and Gamston Woods

These two woods near Retford comprise nearly 65 hectares of mixed ancient woodland, the majority of which is designated as a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI). The best time to visit is from mid-April to the end of June.

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Eaton and Gamston Woods

News from Bassetlaw

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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Trust seeking wildlife heroes

Monday 23rd January 2017

The search is on for local wildlife heroes as we launch the 2017 Wildlife on your Doorstep Awards. Nominations are being sought from across the county in the following categories: Schools, Individuals, Group / Project….......

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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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Stay Wild – 365 Days A Year!

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Now July is here, there’s no need to stop going wild – in fact, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust wants people to ‘Stay Wild’. Just because June has come to an end, it doesn’t mean that we have to stop loving, experiencing and taking action for nature.

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Wildlife Trust campaign gets off to a ‘wild’ start

Monday 6th June 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s challenge to people across the county to make time for wildlife in their daily lives through the month of June has got off to a ‘wild’ start.

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New 30 Days Wild app: Tips to help make room for nature this June

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Finding new ways to experience encounters with the natural world is about to get easier with a new app offering users more than 100 ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ – simple actions people can take to help or connect with nature. 

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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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Wildlife Trust highlights unsung local wildlife heroes with awards

Monday 9th May 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, has celebrated the contribution of local wildlife heroes by awarding 13 Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards.

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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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Wildlife group looks to build birdwatch fundraiser after successful re-launch.

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based wildlife charity, has today issued a call for teams to enter its traditional Sponsored Birdwatch fundraising event.

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Nature connection at the heart of a happy, healthy life

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Results of UK’s first month-long nature challenge published as 2016 campaign launches.

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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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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust announces new partnership

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is joining forces with its sister Wildlife Trusts to bring UK grown bird seed to your door! 

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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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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 on Your Doorstep Awards

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is seeking nominations for the 2016 Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards….

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Partners join forces to create replacement nesting site for Harworth peregrines

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Earlier this month a specially built nesting box was installed at All Saints Church in Harworth, Nottinghamshire to replace a previous nesting site on the pit tower at the former Harworth Colliery which is set to be demolished to make way for new development. 

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Badger - Hero or Villain?

Monday 18th January 2016

We are delighted to announce that author and journalist Patrick Barkham will be present the final lecture of our high profile series held at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre on Friday 4th March….. Following successful talks by George Monbiot, Mark Avery and Mike Dilger, Patrick, author of Badgerlands, will join us on Friday 4th March.

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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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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Welcomes Vice President Mike Dilger for January talk

Monday 4th January 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to host an evening with ecologist, TV wildlife presenter, published writer and Trust Vice President Mike Dilger.

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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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Dormouse ‘Hedge Fund’

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Earlier this month, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust supported a third release of captive bred hazel dormice into a north Notts Woodland - now we are gearing up for a bsuty autumn and winter ensuring that these endearing mammals can thrive in the years to come….

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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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Garden Mammals a key focus for new survey

Wednesday 1st April 2015

The newly formed Nottinghamshire Mammal Group & Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are keen to receive records of garden mammals, including species one might think are already well recorded….

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Wildlife On Your Doorstep Awards 2015

Monday 19th January 2015

Following a successful involvement in the Nottingham Post Environmental Awards last year, the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce that in 2015 they are expanding their ‘Wildlife on your Doorstep’ (WOYD) Awards and are calling for entrants.

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Events in Bassetlaw

Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Reserves Officer: Rob Atkinson 01777 713943

Retford Local Group Contact

Jan Williamson - 01777 709 974

Worksop Local Group Contact

Sue McIlwaine - 07530 475 041

Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre (Wildlife Trust Office)

01777 713 941

 
 

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