Sightings for September 2010

Wednesday 1st Sep 2010
Cuckoo (near Delta hide), 7 Common Snipe


Nature Reserves in Nottinghamshire

  • Annesley Woodhouse Quarry SSSI
  • Annesley Woodhouse Quarry SSSI

    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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  • Ashton’s Meadow SSSI
  • Ashton’s Meadow SSSI

    This traditional meadow is best visited in spring and summer, with a variety of wildflowers and grasses, including cowslip, green winged orchid, yellow rattle, pignut, adders tongue and oxeye daisy.

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  • Attenborough SSSI
  • Attenborough SSSI

    This beautiful complex of flooded former gravel pits and islands provides 360 acres of exceptional habitat for a wide range of plants, birds and other wildlife. The Nature Reserve is nationally designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the award-winning Nature Centre is an ideal gateway to this natural haven. Follow us on Twitter! @AttenboroughNR

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  • Beacon Hill Conservation Park
  • 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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  • Bentinck Banks SSSI
  • Bentinck Banks SSSI

    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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  • Besthorpe
  • 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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  • Breck’s Plantation
  • Breck’s Plantation

    Breck's Plantation is a mixed urban woodland covering almost 2.5 hectares. The site provides valuable habitat for wildlife and offers visitors and local residents an opportunity to experience woodland nature. Much of the woodland dates back to the late seventeenth century. Visitors walking through the wood will be able to spot a diverse range of different trees including oak, ash, sycamore, larch, Norway spruce, silver birch, elder and blackthorn.

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  • Bunny Old Wood (West)
  • 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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  • Calverton Road
  • Calverton Road

    Calverton Road Nature Reserve is a carefully restored woodland site - a great place to see range of different trees including lime, hawthorn, sycamore, alder, rowan, whitebeam, field maple, and red oak.

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  • Chilwell Meadow
  • Chilwell Meadow

    Chilwell Meadow is an important preserved fragment of the wet meadows that were once common in the Trent valley. In spring and summer, look out for wildflowers such as yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil and common spotted orchid.

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  • Clarborough Tunnel SSSI
  • Clarborough Tunnel SSSI

    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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  • Daneshill Gravel Pits
  • Daneshill Gravel Pits

    Daneshill Gravel Pits (North) This reserve 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 wildflowers also grow here, attracting butterflies such as brimstone, common blue, meadow brown, gatekeeper and ringlet.

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  • Duke’s Wood
  • 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.

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  • Dyscarr Wood SSSI
  • Dyscarr Wood SSSI

    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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  • Eakring Meadows SSSI
  • Eakring Meadows SSSI

    Eakring Meadows, also encommpassing Penny Pasture Common (to the West), is one of the best remaining neutral grasslands in the county. It is a fine example of a wildflower meadow with many interesting grasses and flowers including sweet vernal, red fescue, Yorkshire fog, lady's smock and ragged robin.

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  • Eaton and Gamston Woods
  • 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).

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  • Erewash Meadows
  • Erewash Meadows

    The River Erewash flows through this wetland nature reserve. The waters of the river and newly-created pond and reedbed areas attract birds such as water rails, reed buntings and lapwings.

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  • Fairham Brook
  • Fairham Brook

    One of the largest reserves within the city of Nottingham, Fairham Brook is one of our grassland reserves. A wildlife pond is home to frogs, toads and newts. The reserve also holds a good variety of invertebrates including dragonflies, butterflies and moths, and visitors may spot kingfishers along the Brook.

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  • Faith Marriott
  • Faith Marriott

    Why not visit Faith Marriott - our wildlife 'secret garden' which includes many of its original 1930s features. This really is a Nature Reserve with a difference - a chance to explore a beautful garden, designed with wildlife in mind. Kindly left to us by a lady called Faith Marriott, the extensive garden has now been carefully restored to its former glory, with a pond, wildflower garden and woodland area.

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  • Farndon Willow Holt
  • 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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  • Foxcovert Plantation
  • Foxcovert Plantation

    Foxcovert Plantation is a great place to visit for a walk through the woods, with a mixture of oak and birch trees, together with sycamore, sweet chestnut, rowan, coppiced lime and several other species.

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  • Girton Grasslands
  • 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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  • Glapton Wood
  • Glapton Wood

    Glapton Wood is thought to be a remnant of the old Clifton Woods, which were mostly cleared during the late 1950s to make way for the construction of the Clifton Housing Estate. It is dominated by oak trees with elder, hawthorn. ash, Scots pine, sycamore and hazel. The ground flora includes bramble and rosebay willowherb. A number of birds can be seen in the wood including great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, spotted flycatcher and pied wagtail.

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  • Harrison’s Plantation LNR
  • Harrison’s Plantation LNR

    Harrison's Plantation, together with Martin's Pond, forms an important wildlife reservoir in this part of the City. In addition to woodland areas, a pond provides habitat for breeding mallard and Canada geese. A number of other birds can be seen in the wood including great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, nuthatch, blackcap, redpoll and spotted flycatcher. Raleigh Pond and the wet areas throughout the wood also provide excellent habitats for frogs and toads.

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  • Idle Valley
  • 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. Idle Valley is also the base for our Ecominds project. Group Visits We are able to offer walks, talks and an educational programme. For bookings and queries, please email askidlevalley@nottswt.co.uk Latest News A range of binoculars now available in the shop. Wildlife Shop and Coffee Shop now open 10.30am - 3.30pm, 7 days a week

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  • Jacksdale
  • Jacksdale

    This grassland nature reserve also has an area of new woodland which was planted some years ago. Meadow brown, common blue, small tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies feed on the knapweed, vetches, trefoils and burnet in the grassy areas. Birds to be seen include kestrel and skylark, as well as kingfisher flying along the river.

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  • Kimberley Cutting
  • Kimberley Cutting

    Kimberley Meadow has developed from a former railway cutting into a fascinating wildlife site made up of mixed woodland, scrub and grassland areas.

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  • King’s Meadow
  • King’s Meadow

    Situated on the northern edge of the Riverside Industrial Park in the Lenton area of Nottingham, King’s Meadow is a unique urban nature reserve.

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  • Kirton Wood SSSI
  • Kirton Wood SSSI

    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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  • Lady Lee Quarry
  • 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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  • Little Holly Corner
  • Little Holly Corner

    Our smallest nature reserve, Little Holly Corner demonstrates just what can be achieved for wildlife in a small space. It provides people with an opportunity to appreciate wildlife on their doorstep.

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  • Mansey Common
  • 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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  • Meden Trail LNR Part SSSI
  • Meden Trail LNR Part SSSI

    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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  • Misson Carr SSSI
  • Misson Carr SSSI

    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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  • Moorbridge Pond
  • Moorbridge Pond

    This site is of considerable importance being one of the very few wetlands left within the city boundary. Moorbridge Pond is situated around the original “Bull Well”, a freshwater spring, and is the last remnant of a piece of wetland formerly known as Bulwell Bogs.

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  • North Muskham Lake
  • North Muskham Lake

    This 6 hectare nature reserve was once the site of gravel extraction. The River Trent runs along the eastern boundary and recent 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.

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  • Osmanthorpe
  • 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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  • Ploughman Wood
  • Ploughman Wood

    Ploughman Wood covers over 32 hectares and is one of the county’s few remaining ancient woodlands - a great place for a stroll through the trees.

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  • Quarry Holes Plantation
  • Quarry Holes Plantation

    As the name implies, this woodland reserve is situated in a disused limestone quarry, which was established in the 15th century. Following the quarry's closure around 130 years ago, natural colonisation and subsequent vegetation succession have resulted in the mixed woodland that dominates the site today.

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  • Rainworth Heath SSSI
  • Rainworth Heath SSSI

    This heathland site, just to the north of Rainworth, covers over 16 hectares and is one of the last remaining areas in Nottinghamshire holding examples of both dry and wet heathland habitat, the latter now being extremely scarce in the county.

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  • Reed Pond
  • Reed Pond

    This spring fed pond and surrounding grassland is an interesting relic of a former era - the pond was originally created as a 'stew pond': providing food for the clergy's table in the nearby rectory.

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  • Seller’s Wood LNR SSSI
  • Seller’s Wood LNR SSSI

    This ancient coppiced woodland covers more than 14 hectares and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as a result of its wildlife value.

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  • Skylarks
  • Skylarks

    With the support of our Members and donors we have successfully raised the funds to purchased land adjacent to our Skylarks rsite to create Rushcliffe's largest nature reserve. Over the winter we will be carrying ou a range of work to create and enhance key habitats and to make the reserve more accessible for local people. You can help us do more to protect sites like Skylarks by becoming a supporter today.

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  • Spa Ponds
  • Spa Ponds

    The wildlife-rich reserve consists of a mixture of dry grassland and woodland, and a series of spring-fed ponds, three of which are medieval in origin. The River Maun runs adjacent to the reserve.

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  • Spalford Warren SSSI
  • Spalford Warren SSSI

    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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  • Strawberry Hill Heath
  • Strawberry Hill Heath

    This beautiful heathland is a great place to visit - stroll through the purple heather in the spring sunshine.

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  • Teversal Pastures SSSI
  • Teversal Pastures SSSI

    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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  • Treswell Wood
  • 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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  • Walkeringham
  • 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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  • Wilford Claypit SSSI
  • Wilford Claypit SSSI

    This diverse nature reserve covers 4.3 hectares south of Nottingham, and originated as a quarry where clay was excavated for making bricks. Habitats present today include wet woodland, dense and scattered scrub, sparse and lush grassland, open water, and a variety of wetland vegetation.

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  • Wilwell Farm Cutting LNR SSSI
  • Wilwell Farm Cutting LNR SSSI

    Situated on the outskirts of Nottingham between Ruddington and Wilford, this interesting abandoned railway cutting contains a wide variety of habitats.

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