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Wildlife in Mansfield

Mansfield & Ashfield

Within both Mansfield & Ashfield, wildlife habitats are fragmented, but each area still has a number of important areas for wildlife. The Wildlife Trust is active in both districts and has a Local Members' Group which covers both area.

In Mansfield there are five Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), nine Local Nature Reserves (LNR) & 87 Local Wildlife Sites (LWS). Ashfield has nine SSSIs, three LNRs and 209 LWSs. Across Mansfield & Ashfield there are many valuable wildlife habitats. Of particular importance are areas of limestone and acid grassland, ancient woodlands, wetlands, reedbeds and rare heathlands. The districts also provide a -clawed crayfish, bittern, woodlark and nightjar.home for priority species such as water vole, white

However, the pressures on land use mean that these vital habitats need protecting and enhancing.Thanks to the support of our local members and the knowledge and drive of our local volunteers, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is well placed to ensure that these sites, and other areas of habitat not currently protected by wildlife legislation, can continue to play and a key role in safeguarding local wildlife populations. As well as being refuges for wildlife, these sites also inspire people to explore the natural world and their protection and restoration will be vital to enabling both wildlife and people to adapt to climate change. 

Projects and activities in Mansfield

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Mansfield & Ashfield Local Members' Group

The local focus for Wildlife Trust activities across the Mansfield & Ashfield areas is our Local Members' Group. Made up of people who are passionate about protecting local wildlife, the Group organises local events such as walks and talks, co-ordinates local volunteering opportunities on important nature reserves and helps the Wildlife Trust's staff monitor local planning applications to help reduce threats to wildlife habitats.....

The Local Members' Group also supports the local branch of Wildlife Watch.

The Group is keen to welcome new members and anyone wishing to get invovled should come along to one our their public events or contact Peter Olko [email protected]

If you’d like to find out more, why not come along to one of our events or even our AGM?  You’ll have a chance to meet other local members and for the AGM – 12th April 2016 - there will also be an interesting talk by local lad, Paul Wilkinson, who is Head of Living landscapes for the  Wildlife Trusts, on “Creating a living Landscape for nature and people”.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Mansfield & Ashfield Local Members' Group

Mansfield & Ashfield Wildlife Watch Group

Our Watch Group was launched in October 2012, for young people aged over 8 in the Mansfield & Ashfield area. We do lots of fun activities exploring our local nature reserves. We meet at St Mark's Church Hall, Nottingham Road, Mansfield on the first Saturday of each month, 10.30 - 12.30am. Come and join in the fun! Details of forthcoming events can be found here

As this group is now quite full, to book your first session please contact: Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader, email:[email protected] or phone 07885169111

Click here for more details about Wildlife Watch

Mansfield & Ashfield Wildlife Watch Group

Spa Ponds Nature Reserve

This wildlife-rich reserve comprises of an interesting mixture of dry acidic grassland and woodland and a series of ponds fed by a spring.

Until recently the site was managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It is now managed by Forest Town Nature Conservation Group with support and advice from the Wildlife Trust.

The Group raised the funds to buy the site when it was put up for sale by its privuiate owners. 

 Ponds are a rare feature on the Sherwood Sandstone and three of the ponds are medieval in origin, adding to the site’s interest. The River Maun runs adjacent to the reserve. Click here to read more about the site and its wildlife

Spa Ponds Nature Reserve

Nature reserves in Mansfield

Meden Trail

Meden Trail Nature Reserve is a disused railway track north west of Mansfield, which now contains important areas of grassland and woodland as well as interesting limestone crags and fissures.

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Meden Trail

Teversal Pastures

The reserve is one of the best wildflower sites in the county, with species such as meadowsweet, ragged robin, and bulbous buttercup.

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Teversal Pastures

Strawberry Hill Heath

This beautiful heathland is a great place to visit and the Trust is working with partners to extend and link this and other remaining areas of heathland within the Sherwood Forest landscape to ensure they have a secure future. The 23 hectare site is recognised nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Look out for the many species of fungi, mosses and lichens, as well as invertebrates and reptiles, including over 40 species of beetle.

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Strawberry Hill Heath

Bentinck Banks

Bentinck Banks is a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) because it supports some of the finest remaining limestone plant communities in Nottinghamshire. You may spot species such as greater knapweed, burnet saxifrage, St. John's wort, and cowslip. A variety of orchid species all grow here.

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Bentinck Banks

Annesley Woodhouse Quarry

This is one of the county's finest remaining areas of Magnesian Limestone grassland, and interesting plant species include rockrose, bee orchid and common spotted orchid.

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Annesley Woodhouse Quarry

News from Mansfield

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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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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Award-winning restoration work to be showcased at Rufford Colliery open day

Thursday 19th May 2016

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Harworth Estates will be showcasing their award-winning restoration at the former Rufford Colliery in Rainworth on Saturday 21st of May as part of a wider family open day.

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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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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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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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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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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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TV Wildlife Expert Mike Dilger welcomes efforts to restore Sherwood Forest’s Heathlands

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Mike Dilger, resident wildlife expert on BBC1’s The One Show Mike Dilger has today spoken of the importance of efforts to conserve and restore the Sherwood Forest landscape and of his delight at seeing efforts to restore heathland on a recent visit to the county.

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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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Wildlife Trust supporter wins volunteering award

Friday 3rd July 2015

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to annouce that one of our corporate supporters The Mayborn Group, proud owner of the tommee tippee® brand, supplying a range of essential feeding, soothing and hygiene products for babies, has won an award for their commitment to emloyee volunteering…...

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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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Presenting our latest Champions of Sherwood!

Thursday 29th January 2015

Mansfield based manufacturing company Mayborn Group, are the latest to be announced as Champions of Sherwoodby Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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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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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Welcomes Boost for County’s Sherwood Forest Restoration Ambitions

Monday 17th November 2014

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today welcomed the announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund has approveda bid to develop a Landscape Partnership scheme in Sherwood Forest, which could ultimately see a £3.7m restoration of the ancient woodland and the celebration of Sherwood’s cultural heritage.

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Champions of Sherwood

Thursday 21st August 2014

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has set itself the challenge of raising £1million towards a special Sherwood Forest Restoration Fund............

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Events in Mansfield

Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Reserves Officer: Gary Cragg 0115 958 8242

Mansfield & Ashfield Local Members' Group

Chair: Peter Olko email:[email protected]

Mansfield & Asfield Wildlife Watch Group

Sarah Spurry email: [email protected] Tel: 07885169111

 
 

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