Projects and publications

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Current projects

Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping

In 2008, the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group resolved to produce a Biodiversity Opportunity Map for the County. The map will identify opportunities for improving habitat condition and connectivity across Nottinghamshire, and the outcomes of the project will help to underpin the wider work of Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group, the Local Biodiversity Action Plan partnership for Nottinghamshire.

The mapping project is being undertaken in sub-areas of the county where funding has been made available. To date a biodiversity opportunity map has been created for Ashfield, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe, Sherwood and the Trent Valley and the relevant reports (and draft reports) can be found below.

Ashfield BOM Report (PDF Document - 6,390KB)

Broxtowe BOM Report - DRAFT (PDF Document - 5,674KB)

Rushcliffe BOM Report (PDF Document - 4,126KB)

Sherwood BOM Report - DRAFT (PDF Document - 9,281KB)

Nottinghamshire Grizzled Skipper ProjectA pair of Grizzled Skippers on the Great Central Railway, East Leake. ©Neil Pinder

In November 2011 the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group obtained funding from the SITA Trust to carry out works to benefit the Grizzled Skipper in the south and east of Nottinghamshire. The project was delivered with the direct support of Nottinghamshire County Council and the East Midlands branch of Butterfly Conservation, with additional funding from Rushcliffe Borough Council. This funded stage of the project was completed in spring 2014, however continued funding from the East Midlands branch of Butterfly Conservation has enabled certain elements of this project to continue.  In addition, a strong network of volunteers was established as a result of the initial project. The volunteers have created an important resource that have supported continued monitoring and habitat management works.

Nottinghamshire is thought to be the most northerly (non-introduced) location in England for this unassuming black and white butterfly. The project targetted eighteen sites, mainly on old railway lines and former quarries, and sought to undertake habitat management and enhancement works on each of these sites to ensure that vital areas of grassland did not become lost and overgrown with scrub, and that suitable habitat for the egg-laying existed. The project also included a community element, with training events, recording and monitoring work taking place, along with the involvement of volunteers in practical site management work.

As a result of the this project, exisiting sites have been improved and are in a much better condition for supporting Grizzled Skippers, allowing popultions to become more robust, and creating linkages between previously isolated sites. In addition, new sites supporting Grizzled Skipper have been identified, as well as sites that offer the potential for Grizzled Skipper to spread into these sites in the future. A good network of volunteers has been established, allowing the enhancements delivered as part of the project to be sustained through on-going winter habitat mnagement works, and for surveying and monitoring work to be undertaken in the butterfly's flight period.

Detailed monitoring of the county's Grizzled Skipper population has now been undertaken during the flight season (mid April to mid June) in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and over 50 volunteers have been involved in this monitoring effort. Below are links to maps that show the results of this recording effort in four distinct areas of the county.

Bingham Survey Results 2012                                     Bingham Survey Results 2013

Bingham Survey Results 2014                                     Bingham Survey Results 2015

East Leake Survey Results 2012                                 East Leake Survey Results 2013

East Leake Survey Results 2014                                 East Leake Survey Results 2015

Langar Survey Results 2012                                         Langar Survey Results 2013 

Langar Survey Results 2014                                         Langar Survey Results 2015

Staunton Survey Results 2012                                     Staunton Survey Results 2013

Staunton Survey Results 2014                                     Staunton Survey Results 2015

Nottinghamshire Crayfish Group

In November 2009 the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group (BAG) partnership brought together interested organisations and individuals to discuss the issue of crayfish conservation in Nottinghamshire.  The catalyst for this meeting was the discovery on 11th September 2009 of a signal crayfish at Moor Pond Wood in the heart of the Leen Valley (a white-clawed crayfish stronghold).

The meeting established that conservation work to benefit the white-clawed crayfish in Nottinghamshire should be reinvigorated. As a result of the meeting the following aims were identified as requiring further work:

1) To collate all existing records for crayfish species in Nottinghamshire and to maitain this database.

2) To try to establish an active survey/monitoring effort within Nottinghamshire - the Nottinghamshire Crayfish Group.

3) To seek to identify potential "ark" sites within the county .

Below are links to the annual reports from 2010 and 2011 which provide an update of progress towards these aims.

Nottinghamshire Crayfish Group Annual Report 2010

Nottinghamshire Crayfish Intiative Annual Report 2011

In 2011 a paper 'The Crayfish of Nottinghamshire' was published as part of the proceedings of a conference '2010 Species Survival: Securing White-clawed crayfish in a changing environment' held in Bristol in November 2010.  The paper provides a detailed history of crayfish records and their distribution within Nottinghamshire.

To find out more about crayfish conservation in the UK please visit the uk crayfish website hosted by buglife.

Training opportunities

A regular programme of walk and talks, specialist training events and a busy programme of practical conservation work are delivered by a number of partners of the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group. Topics range from practical conservation skills, species identification workshops to talks on specialist topics. This range helps to ensure that there are a number of educational and enjoyable training opportunities within the county. To find out more have a look at the news and events page.

Shadow Rangers

These voluntary work placements involve shadowing local countryside staff for 6 months, 1-3 days a week, gaining experience in practical conservation, wildlife surveys, environmental education and much more. This placement is run in partnership between Forestry Commission, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Greenwood Community Forest.

Why not find out more on www.forestry.gov.uk/eastmidlandsvolunteering

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Publications

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Nottinghamshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan

Cover Page

Contents

Acknowledgements

Forward

Executive Summary

Section 1

Introduction

Section 2

The Nottinghamshire Approach

Section 3

Influences on Biodiversity in Nottinghamshire

Section 4

Current Issues, Threats and Opportunities

Section 5

Generic Actions for Biodiversity in Nottinghamshire

Section 6

Implementation and Monitoring

Section 7 - Habitat Action Plans

Introduction and HAP formats

Canals (PDF Document - 180k)

Ditches(PDF Document - 138k)

Eutrophic and Mesotrophic Standing Water (PDF Document - 188k)

Farmland: Arable farmland, arable field margins and improved grassland (PDF Document - 175k)

Fens, marshes and swamps (PDF Document - 216k)

Hedgerows: Including ancient and/or species-rich hedgerows (PDF Document - 214k)

Lowland calcareous grassland (PDF Document - 50k)

Lowland dry acid grassland (PDF Document - 51k)

Lowland heathland (PDF Document - 534k)

Lowland neutral grassland (PDF Document - 51k)

Lowland wet grassland (PDF Document - 59k)

Mixed ash-dominated woodland (PDF Document - 178k)

Oak-birch woodland (PDF Document - 180k)

Parkland and wood pasture (PDF Document - 183k)

Planted coniferous woodland (PDF Document - 153k)

Reedbed (PDF Document - 209k)

Rivers and streams (PDF Document - 143k)

Urban and post-industrial habitats (PDF Document - 175k)

Wet broadleaved woodland (PDF Document - 179k)

Section 8 - Species Action Plans

Introduction and SAP formats

Atlantic salmon (PDF Document - 40k)

Barn owl (PDF Document - 44k)

Bats (PDF Document - 52k)

Black Poplar (PDF Document - 599k)

Deptford Pink (PDF Document - 475k)

Dingy Skipper (PDF Document - 786k)

Grizzled Skipper (PDF Document - 660k)

Harvest mouse (PDF Document - 33k)

Nightjar (PDF Document - 44k)

Nottingham autumn crocus and nottingham spring crocus (PDF Document - 31k)

Otter (PDF Document - 44k)

Water vole (PDF Document - 40k)

White-clawed crayfish (PDF Document - 40k)

Section 9 - Appendices

Appendix A - Species of Conservation Concern in Nottinghamshire (part 1) (PDF Document - 214k)

Appendix A - Species of Conservation Concern in Nottinghamshire (part 2) (PDF Document - 934k)

Appendix B - List of Habitats of Conservation Concern in Nottinghamshire (PDF Document - 22k)

Appendix C - Priorities for Biogeographical Areas (PDF Document - 14k)

Appendix D - Priorities for Districts (PDF Document - 10k)

Appendix E - Results of the Public Consultation (PDF Document - 22k)

Appendix F - List of Organisations Consulted (PDF Document - 15k)

Appendix G - Sources of Information and Advice (PDF Document - 20k)

2008 Update to LBAP Document

UKBAP Species - from revised UKBAP list 2007 - present in Nottinghamshire (PDF Document 38.4k)

State of Nature in Sherwood Report 2015

The Sherwood Habitats Strategy Group is a partnership of organisations (including Notts BAG) working in Sherwood to secure the protection, enhancement, management and expansion of Sherwood’s habitats. The Group has published a ‘State of Nature in Sherwood Report 2015’, which establishes a baseline description of nature in Sherwood, including its designated sites, priority habitats and important species. The report will allow the status of these to be monitored in the future, and will help conservation priorities to be identified. Notts BAG is happy to host this report on its website, recognising the contribution that it will make to understanding Nottinghamshire’s biodiversity.

State of Nature in Sherwood Report 2015 (PDF Document - 7,858k)

Miscellaneous publications

Biodiversity report (PDF Document - 352k)

Brown hare survey (PDF Document - 96k)

Building biodiversity (PDF Document - 1.4mb)

Hedge guidance (PDF Document - 456k)

Crayfish in Nottinghamshire (PDF Document - 1,885k)

 

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