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Wildlife in Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe is largely rural, with a diverse landscape. The rivers Devon, Trent, Soar and Smite form much of the area’s boundaries, with the Leicestershire Wolds and the Vale of Belvoir running along the southern edge of the Borough. As a result of this, there is a varied geology and topography, overlaid by the heavy influence of human development which has resulte din Rushcliffe containing a rich diversity of wildlife.  Small pockets of species-rich grassland are dotted around Rushcliffe, often on post-industrial sites or the limestone hill tops between Gotham and Bunny. Road verges provide a useful supplement, particularly in the south of Rushcliffe.

Projects and activities in Rushcliffe

Trust takes action to help badgers

Badger Vaccination project to reduce liklihood of cull in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is currently conducting a four year programme of badger vaccinations in Rushcliffe on the Notts Leicestershire border. The aim of the project is to protect badgers and cattle from bovine TB and to create a buffer zone to prevent the spread of the disease into the county and neighbouring counties such as Lincolnshire which are relatively bovine TB free.

Trust takes action to help badgers

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy

To help protect and enhance Rushcliffe’s diverse landscape, the Nature Conservation Strategy has been produced.

This is the third version of the strategy, covering 2015 to 2020 and building upon previous versions published in 2003 and 2010. This strategy has been developed by the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy Implementation Group (RNCSIG), which brings together statutory agencies and voluntary bodies, with the Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust playing leading roles, but encompassing the results of wide ranging consultations with individuals, groups and organisations. The strategy supports the work of the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group, implementing the county Biodiversity Action Plan at the borough level.

The strategy can be downloaded from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s website.

Please also visit the RNCSIG Facebook page and RNCSIG’s document store for updates on the implementation of the strategy.

Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy

Transforming a Trentside nature reserve

Wildlife Trust continues efforts to transform the exteneded Skylarks Nature Reserve at Holme Pierrepont

The Trust is delighted that efforts to extend and imporve wildlife habitat at one of its longest established nature reserves are bearing fruit. New wetland habitats have already atracted large numbers of wading birds such as lapwings and survey work is showing that the site is home to a wide range of species.

Transforming a Trentside nature reserve

Nature reserves in Rushcliffe


With the support of our Members and donors we successfully raised the funds to purchase land adjacent to our Skylarks site to create Rushcliffe's largest nature reserve along. Over the winter of 2014/15 we carried out a range of work to create and enhance key habitats and to make the reserve more accessible for local people with the financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can help us do more to protect sites like Skylarks by becoming a supporter today.

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Wilford Claypit

This diverse nature reserve covers 4.3 hectares south of Nottingham, and originated as a quarry where clay was excavated for making bricks. It's a great place to spot dragonflies and damselflies in late spring and summer, including the impressive blue and green emperor dragonfly

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Wilford Claypit

Wilwell Farm Cutting

This abandoned railway cutting is one of the best wild flower sites in Nottinghamshire with more than 230 species so far recorded and covers approximately eight hectares. The site has been nationally designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). Spring and summer are the best times of year to enjoy the flowers and butterflies.

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Wilwell Farm Cutting

Bunny Old Wood (West)

Bunny Old Wood is one of the oldest natural features of the South Nottinghamshire landscape - the north-facing slope is likely to have been tree-covered for over 10,000 years. A great place to visit, especially in spring and summer when you'll see many colourful ancient woodland flowers such as bluebell, wood anemone and yellow archangel.

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Bunny Old Wood (West)

News from Rushcliffe

Nature, Health & Wellbeing

Thursday 14th June 2018

Free business breakfast event

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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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Friends Group for Cotgrave Forest

Thursday 1st September 2016

A group of nature conservationists are looking to form a friends group to help improve the area in and around Cotgrave Forest.

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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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Fundraising plant sale set to help wildlife

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Local volunteers who have already raised thousands of pounds for wildlife projects across the county will be holding their annual plant sale and Spring Fair in Ruddington this Saturday morning (June 4th).

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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 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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Wildlife Trust calls on Government to end badger cull and get vaccination programmes back on track

Monday 11th January 2016

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, along with sister Wildife Trusts in England are calling on the Government to end the cull of badgers and to ensure that bagder vaccination programmes can continue….

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Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Forums’ vision for local wildlife

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, in conjunction with Rushcliffe Borough Council are looking forward in 2016 to the implementation of the third edition of the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy, setting the vision for Rushcliffe’s wildlife for the period up to 2020.

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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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Trust hails success of local bioblitz

Wednesday 5th August 2015

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has hailed the success of a ‘bioblitz event in Radcliffe on Trent - highlighting the importance of local wildlife recording and the need to get new people involved.

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Badger vaccination scheme launched to curb bovine TB spread

Monday 20th July 2015

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has today launched an ambitious appeal to help fund a major badger vaccination programme.

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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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Open Day set to celebrate Skylarks funding success

Friday 13th March 2015

Join Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on Saturday 11th April for a day of celebration at the recently extended Skylarks Nature Reserve at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.Skylarks Open Day

There will be a range of activities throughout the day, plus guided walks at 10.00am and 2.00pm
For further details contact Ruth Testa on 0115 958 8242 or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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 Rushcliffe

Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Reserves Officer: Chris Kennedy 0115 958 8242

South Notts Local Members' Group - Chairman

Gordon Dyne - 0115 878 4842 [email protected]

Factsheets & Downloads

Rushcliffe Report

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Protecting Wildlife for the Future