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Wildlife in Newark

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust cares for a range of wonderful nature reserves in the Newark area, with many of our local sites falling within the Trent Vale area. 

Farndon Willow Holt, situated of Wyke Lane in the village is a great place for a riverside stroll followed by a drink or bite to eat whilst Besthorpe Nature Reserve, between Besthorpe and Collingham, is a great place for a spot of bird watching. Spalford Warren, close to the village of Girton is a unique inland sand dune complex, with a range of interesting habitats. 

In addtion to looking after nature reserves, the Wildlife Trust runs runs a popular Wildlife Wacth Club for children aged 8-15 at Farndon Willow Holt and our Local Members' Group organisaes a range of talks, walks and other events throughout the year to give you opportunities to learn about and experience wildlife right on your doorstep. 

One of the key roles of the Wildlife Trust across the county is working providing advice and information to others to ehlp them care for wildlife and wildlife habitats. In the Newark areas, the Trust supports a number of local farmers and other landowners thrugh our Farmland Birds Bed & Breakfast Scheme and our Grasslands for Wildlife programme. 

As in other areas of Nottinghamshire the Trust's staff and volunteers keep an eye on local planning issues and provide advice and support to both Newark & Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council on planning issues. Each year the Trust monitors around 8000 planning applications for threats to wildlife and submits hundreds of detailed planning responses, to ensure that wildlife has a voice. 

Projects and activities in Newark

Newark

Trent Vale Living Landscape Area

Trent Vale is one of five Living Landscape Areas, providing a focus for large scale conservation work within the county. Trent Vale stretches from Newark to Gainsborough

Newark

www.trentvale.co.uk


Farndon Wildlife Watch Group lub

Our Farndon Wildlife Watch Group has been running since 19?? and meets on the 1st sunday of the month at either Farndon Willow Holt or Farndon Village Hall.

Farndon Wildlife Watch Group lub

http://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/Where-you-live/East-Midlands/Nottinghamshire-Wildlife-Trust


Nature reserves in Newark

Kirton Wood

Kirton Wood is a semi-natural ash and wych elm wood north of Ollerton. It is a fine example of an ash/wych elm wood, with wildflowers such as wood anemone, sweet woodruff and primrose.

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Kirton Wood

Spalford Warren

This nature reserve is home to a grass-heath habitat, uncommon in the Midlands and of national importance. It is rich in valuable wildlife and supports a number of scarce and threatened species.

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Spalford Warren

Besthorpe

Part of a major gravel extraction site, Besthorpe Nature Reserve lies in the Trent floodplain to the north of Collingham, on the east bank of the river. The site comprises two areas, north and south of Trent Lane, totalling around 68 hectares. A further 100 hectares or so of restored gravel pits to the south of Mons Pool will be added to the reserve between 2015 and 2020, when further extraction has been completed.

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Besthorpe

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.

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Eakring Meadows

Mansey Common

Mansey Common boasts species-rich grassland and ancient hawthorn scrub. Along one side of the reserve is a steep sided valley dominated by mature trees and a ground flora reminiscent of ancient woodland.

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Mansey Common

Duke’s Wood

This woodland nature reserve is also an important historical site. Duke's Wood witnessed the pioneering days of one of this country’s important industries, being the location of the UK's first onshore oilfield. Visitors can follow the Duke's Woord Trail - a chance to stroll through the trees and learn about the natural and historical significance of this area. Enjoy the spring flowers and birdsong, and more flowers and butterflies during the summer.

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Duke’s Wood

Rainworth Heath

This reserve, just to the north of Rainworth, covers over 16 hectares and is one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Nottinghamshire which has led to its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site offers something of interest to visitors all year round with a wide variety of birds, flowers and insects to be found. Common lizards may be seen basking in the summer, and heather is in flower in the late summer and autumn.

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Rainworth Heath

North Muskham Lake

This 6 hectare nature reserve was once the site of gravel extraction. The River Trent runs along the eastern boundary and habitat re-creation work has taken place to restore this area of floodplain to attract a wide range of important wildlife including snipe, reed warbler and sand martin. As a water body close to the Trent, the main interest is water birds with most of the regular duck species being recorded. Winter is the best time to visit for these birds as numbers are swelled by winter visitors.

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North Muskham Lake

Osmanthorpe

This reserve came to the Trust in 2001 as the result of a legacy. It is a long, narrow, almost triangular site which was formerly an orchard. Located at SK677568 on the minor road from Kirklington to Southwell the reserve is adjacent to Osmanthorpe Manor.

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Osmanthorpe

Beacon Hill Conservation Park

Beacon Hill Conservation Park is the Wildlife Trust's largest urban reserve covering 20 hectares of land. The reserve lies to the north east of Newark town centre - a green oasis bordered by the Beacon Fields residential and industrial areas.

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Beacon Hill Conservation Park

Farndon Willow Holt

Situated in the village of Farndon in the Newark and Sherwood District, this fascinating site covers almost 10 hectares and includes areas of flood meadow and wildflower-rich grassland as well as sections of river bank and flood bank. The Willow Holt is owned by the Trust and includes a fine collection of willow species.

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Farndon Willow Holt

Girton Grasslands

Girton Grasslands is a fine example of a Trent Valley floodplain meadow. It is an unusually rich habitat for wildlife - home to an array of beautiful wildflowers and grasses including meadowsweet, red fescue and meadow foxtail. It consists of an unusual structure of eight fields of rare floodplain meadow grassland, two of which we own and encourage people to explore. Heritage Lottery Fund recently supported the purchase of one of the meadows and an investigation which revealed that the meadows were likely modified by the villagers of Girton after the flood of 1795 as an innovative (at the time) solution to create an area of flood storage and protect the village.

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Girton Grasslands

News from Newark

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Little egrets breeding success

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Earlier this summer a total of 16 little egret chicks were spotted in nests at our Besthorpe Reserve which is just beside the River Trent near Collingham, Newark.

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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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Events in Newark

Swifts

Thursday 1st February 2018

Join the Newark & Sherwood Local Group for a talk covering the probable reasons for the decline in swift numbers and will describe the ups and downs of the swift project in Kinoulton from its beginnings in 2010 to the successful breeding of several pairs during the summer of 2017. 7.30pm in Newark Library. £3 per person. Raffle and NWT sales table.
Contact: Sue Leach 01636 681 154 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Hedgehogs

Thursday 5th April 2018

Come along to this talk by Janet Peto from the local hedgehog rescue who will tell us all about our prickly friends and what to do if you find an injured or unwell hedgehog. This meeting will also include the Newark & Sherwood Local Group AGM and a film made by Holy Trinity School pupils. 7.30pm in Newark Library. £3 per person. Raffle and NWT sales table.
Contact: Sue Leach 01636 681 154 (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Reserves Officers: Rob Atkinson (North) 01777 713943; Chris Kennedy (South) 0115 958 8242

Newark Local Members' Group - Chair

Shirley Hatcher - 07905 256 896

Newark Local Members' Group - Secretary

Susan Leach - 01636 681 154

Farndon Wildlife Watch Group

Sue Leach or Shirley Hatcher as above

 
 

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