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Come and join us at the final Grizzled Skipper volunteer work party for this winter season - Sunday 26th February 2017

After a very successful series of volunteer work parties taking place between October 2016 and January 2017, we are now facing the final work party of this winter period.  The work parties have been arranged to assist with the conservation of the grizzled skipper, Pyrgus malvae, in Nottinghamshire. The work party in February will be the fifth of five dates which have all proved to be very successful, each acheiving its aims and boasting good volunteer numbers in attendance. The aim of the work parties is to create and maintain suitable conditions for the grizzled skipper at five locations.  Work has involved cutting back scrub and maintaining open areas to provide suitable egg laying sites. The grizzled skipper is an important and locally uncommon butterfly. 

If you would like to join our volunteers in February please contact Biodiversity@nottscc.gov.uk

The work is supported with funding from Butterfly Conservation East Midlands Branch.

Work begins on a Biodiversity Opportunity Map for Bassetlaw and the Idle Valley

In October work began to create a Biodiversity Opportunity Map (BOM) for Bassetlaw District and the Idle Valley. The work has been commissioned by the Environment Agency and will help to identify areas of the district and the Idle Valley which have existing wildlife value and areas that offer the potential for creating a more permeable landscape for wildlife to move through in the future. Amongst other things the work will identify areas of exisiting core habitat, opportunites to buffer these core areas, locations which offer a means of reconnecting fragmented habitats and areas where there is the opportunity to create new habitats.

The work will include a workshop that will take place in January 2017.  The workshop will call on local biodiversity knowledge to help to inform the BOM.

It is envisaged that the final BOM Report for Bassetlaw and the Idel Valley will be produced at the end of March 2017.

Himalayan Balsam Control - this years successes

Himalayan balsam is an Invasive Non-native Species that is known to have a detrimental impact on our native biodiversity, causing the loss of plant diversity and exposing riparian species, such as water vole and water shrew, to increased predation during the winter months when Himalayan balsam, an annual plant, is not present.

This years control programme focused on five river catchments in Nottinghamshire, the River Erewash, River Greet, River Leen, River Maun and River Meden.  The work has targetted a total of 28km of riverside habitat with work also taking place at a further 20 sites located away from the river and stream network.

The amazing amount of work that has been achieved during the year is the result of hard work undertaken by local volunteers.  Nearly 500 people have been involved in this years control work.

The Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group partnership would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the project.

Himalayan balsam with it's distinctive flowers

If you would like to get involved with this project in future years then please contact biodiversity@nottscc.gov.uk and we will let you know when volunteer work parties are taking place. Alternatively we would be very grateful to hear from you if you have seen Himalayan balsam growing in Nottinghamshire.

Please send any records of locations of Himalayan Balsam to biodiversity@nottscc.gov.uk. Himalayan balsam is a relatively easy species to identify. To find out more information about Himalayan Balsam visit the GBNon-Native Species Sectariat website.

Results of the Grizzled Skipper monitoring work NOW AVAILABLE

Over the previous four winters, work has been undertaken on a number of sites in the South and East of Nottinghamshire to enhance a number of locations for the grizzled skipper butterfly. Work has included scrub removal as well as creating suitable egg laying conditions and the planting of one of the main food plants used by this butterfly species in suitable locations.

In order to monitor the effectiveness of this work, sites are monitored to provide evidence that the management work is having a positive impact on this Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) species. Results from this years monitoring work are now available.

Biodiversity Opportunities in Rushcliffe identified

A report identifying the opportunities to enhance the biodiversity of Rushcliffe has recently been produced by the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group partnership.  The report includes a series of maps that indicate the current habitat connectivity within the borough and identify opportunities that are present to enhance existing sites and to increase habitat connectivity.

The report is the result of two and a half years hard work by the partnership that has involved stakeholders from across the Rushcliffe area.

New Crayfish leaflet for Nottinghamshire

In March 2011 the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group published a new leaflet about the crayfish of Nottinghamshire.  The leaflet includes information about our native white-clawed crayfish as well as the non indigenous crayfish species (NICS) found within the county.  The leaflet provides details of how people can help our native crayfish, and the information should be of particular use to anglers and to landowners/managers who manage land adjacent to water courses where crayfish are present.

The partnership would particularly like to thank Dr David Holdich, a crayfish expert, for much of the information within the leaflet.  In addition, we would like to thank members of the partnership for their contributions but in particular staff at the Environment Agency and members of the Nottinghamshire Crayfish Group, as well Nottinghamshire County Council, who funded the production of the leaflet through the Local Improvement Scheme.

To get a copy of the leaflet it is available by contacting the biodiversity officer at Biodiversity@nottscc.gov.uk.  Alternatively you can download a copy from the projects and publications page of this website.

Japanese Knotweed Survey Results

Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive species of plant. Since it was introduced into the UK as an ornamental garden plant in the mid nineteenth century it has spread across the UK. It is commonly found on previously developed land, post-industrial sites and railways. It is also commonly seen on roadsides and along watercourses such as canals, rivers, streams and ditches.

Plants within their native range are usually controlled by a variety of predators, natural pests and diseases. When these plants are introduced into areas free of these natural controls they can become larger and more vigorous. They invade natural habitats and out compete the native plants that live there. Rivers, hedges, roadsides and railways form important corridors for native plants and animals to migrate and large infestations of non-native weeds can block these routes for wildlife, and take up important niches in which our native flora could otherwise exist.

During 2009 the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group (BAG) partnership undertook a countywide survey of Japanese Knotweed, Fallopia japonica.  The aim of the survey has been to try to build up a better picture of the distribution of Japanese Knotweed within Nottinghamshire.  By understanding the distribution and extent of Japanese Knotweed within the county it will enable the BAG partnership to target its resources to tackle patches of Japanese Knotweed that are the biggest threat to the counties biodiversity.

As a result of the survey 397 completed survey forms were returned and from these 377 different locations for Japanese knotweed were identified.   Of these locations eight patches of Japanese Knotweed were identified on four Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s).  SSSI’s are some of the best sites in the country for their biodiversity and so it is important that plants such as Japanese Knotweed are controlled, and ultimately removed from these sites.  All the site managers of these SSSI’s have been made aware of the presence of Japanese Knotweed and the plant will be managed to prevent its spread and to try to eradicate it from the sites.  In addition 57 patches of Japanese Knotweed were identified on 37 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, (SINC’s).  The partnership is currently looking at ways of ensuring that these patches are also brought under control.Japanese Knotweed

The majority of the locations reported came from the west of the county where the major urban areas are found, this was not unexpected as Japanese Knotweed is commonly found on derelict land commonly associated with cities and towns.

The main concentrations of Japanese Knotweed were found in the urban catchments of both the River Leen in Nottingham and the River Maun in Mansfield.  The reason for this may be twofold. Firstly and as indicated above, urban areas tend to be strongholds for Japanese Knotweed as it can be easily spread by fly tipping and poor site management.  In addition it may be that Japanese Knotweed was much more readily reported from these urban areas where there is a larger population and more chance of people coming into contact with the plant.

Many thanks to everyone who has sent in records as part of the Japanese Knotweed survey.  The information will be passed on to the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Records Centre and will also be made available to the public through the National Biodiversity Network website (www.nbn.org.uk).

It is still not too late to report any sightings of Japanese Knotweed that you have made in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire so if you do see a patch that you would like to report please send your information to us.

To find out more about the identification features of Japanese Knotweed please have a look at the Japanese Knotweed code of practice pages 10-11 produced by the Environment Agency. To download an electronic version of the survey form please click on the following link Notts BAG Japanese Knotweed Survey Form. When undertaking surveys please try to get the permission of the landowner before visiting sites and do not trespass. Completed forms can be sent in their electronic form to biodiversity@nottscc.gov.uk or paper copies can be sent to the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group, c/o Conservation Group, NCC, Trent Bridge House, Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6BJ.

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Wildlife Events, Guided Walks and Talks

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Photographic Society

Talks:

8th December 2015

Robert Falconer - Magic of Mull

12th January 2016

Chris Upton - Essential Composition

9th February 2016

Members will be giving short talks on a variety of subjects

8th March 2016

AGM and Guest Speaker

(Note:this meeting is at Nottingham Mechanics NG1 4EZ)

Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue: West Bridgford Library NG2 6AT

N.W.T. members £3.00. £6.00 non members

Refreshments included

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Practical Volunteering

Times Vary - Attenborough Nature Reserve Volunteers

There are a number of volunteering opportunities at this wonderful wildlife site. Volunteer tasks occur on various days throughout the month. For more information contact Karen Bennett at the Attenborough Nature Centre on 0115 972 1777

Practical Conservation Volunteers C.I.C.

Join in with our friendly and valued group of volunteers who help to manage woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, parks and open spaces.

Our membership gets together in the week and weekends. We provide a minibus pick up from the Royal Concert Hall on South Sherwood Street, Nottingham at 10am, drop off at 5pm.

To become a member of the Practical Conservation Volunteers please contact Ian or Karan on 07739447979 or email us at practicalconservationvolunteers@outlook.com.

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Wildlife Watch Groups

Young nature lovers between 8 and 13 can find out more about wildlife by getting involved in a range of fun activities organised by Wildlife Watch. Nottinghamshire has an active Wildlife Watch network with seven groups across the county run by over 40 dedicated leaders and helpers.

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Training

The following websites provide useful links to organisations providing training opportunities:

CIEEM - http://www.cieem.net/training-events

RSPB - http://www.rspb.org.uk/forprofessionals/advice/training/

NWT – http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events/

Flora Locale - https://www.floralocale.org/HomePage

LANTRA - http://www.lantra.co.uk/CourseFinder

City and Guilds NPTC - http://www.nptc.org.uk/default.aspx

Naturenet - http://naturenet.net/people/careers.html

 

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