The First Signs of Spring Gedling Country Park

Siskin

Mixed flocks of redpoll, siskin, goldfinches and fieldfare. Snow drops. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park . Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Wrap up warm, with sensible footwear as secondary paths can be muddy. Walking may be slow. Distance 1 to 2 miles. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact; Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Chaffinch

Join local bird enthusiasts for a walk around the Reserve—about two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk

Attenborough Nature Reserve Spring Bird Identification Walk

Short Eared Owl

Improve your identification of spring birds, using sight and sound. Two hours. Cost £7. First of three identification walks. To book, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.

Spring at ground level Gedling Country Park

Redstart

Coltsfoot and Lesser Celandine. (Not all yellow wild flowers are dandelions!)Some immigrant birds still here, like fieldfare and redstarts. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park . Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff.

Wrap up warm, with sensible footwear as secondary paths can be muddy. Walking may be slow. Distance 1 to 2 miles. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact; Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110
Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Lesser Whitethroat

Join local bird enthusiasts for a walk around the Reserve—about two hours. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk

Rainworth Heath Reserve Bird Walk

Woodlark

Looking for woodlark, tree pipit, reed bunting and early plants. Meet at the reserve entrance on Rufford Colliery Lane, Rainworth, NG21 0HR. Dogs allowed on a lead. Free admission but booking essential. Contact 0115 958 8242 or email: hlavender@nottswt.co.uk

Beeston Wildlife Group

Poplar Hawk Moth

Free informal guided walk to explore the wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve with the Beeston Wildlife Group. All welcome. About three hours. Meet by the Information Board in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 07870 486 908 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 beestonwildlifegroup@hotmail.co.uk

Wollaton Park Wildlife Wander

Pochard

In partnership with the Friends of Wollaton Park we’ll explore some of the 500 acres of parkland with diverse habitats including grassland, wetland and woodland. About two hours. Meet at the top car park nearest the Hall & Stables.
Contact: Lucy Kennedy at nwtcitylocalgroup@gmail.com

Attenborough Nature Reserve Spring Bird Identification Walk

Willow Warbler

Improve your identification of spring birds, using sight and sound. Two hours.
Cost £7. second of three identification walks.
To book, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.

Spring Wakes Up Gedling Country Park

Holly Blue

Tree blossoms and early insects. Bird calls starting and pairs nesting. Skylarks and meadow pipits. Bluebells and daffodils. Tiny Holly Blue butterflies. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park . Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Wrap up warm, with sensible footwear as secondary paths can be muddy. Walking may be slow. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact; Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Attenborough to Beeston Lock

Beeston Lock

Through Attenborough to Beeston Lock, back along the Trent Valley Way. Meet Elaine (Vale of Belvoir Ramblers) at Attenborough Reserve car park. Grid Ref. SK 516 340. Postcode NG9 6DY Distance 6 miles Contact Tel. 01949 836 042 For possible late changes, see the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers website at www.vbramblers.co.uk or email vbramblers@gmail.com

Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve in Spring

Peacock Butterfly

A guided walk with Tim Williams round this urban fringe nature reserve, looking at what is stirring in the early spring. Meet at the road entrance to the reserve on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington.
Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Bird Walk Meden Vale

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Looking for cuckoos and hirundines between here and Budby. Meet Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale, by Severn-Trent Pumping Station. About two hrs. Free admission but booking essential. Contact 0115 958 8242 or email hlavender@nottswt.co.uk

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Ichneumon Fly

Beeston Wildlife Group free informal walk to explore the wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve with the Beeston Wildlife Group. All welcome. About three hours. Meet by the Infor- mation Board in the car park.
Contact: Nigel Slater 07870 486 908 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 beestonwildlifegroup@hotmail.co.uk

Beeston Wildlife Group

Cinnabar Moth

Free informal guided walk to explore the wildlife of Attenborough Nature Reserve with the Beeston Wildlife Group. All welcome. About 3 hours. Meet by car park Information Board. Contacts: Nigel Slater 07870 486 908 or Martin Butler 07847 015 151 or email: beestonwildlifegroup@hotmail.co.uk

Cotgrave Forest in Spring

Common Snipe

Mid-spring walk in a local woodland. Meet Neil Pinder at the Laming Gap Lane entrance at 9.30 am. Park where the Lane turns sharp right. (Lane on left off A606 Melton Road after the Normanton-on-Wolds exits).
Contact: Neil Pinder 07981 928 402 or neil.pinder@ntlworld.com

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Green Hairstreak Underwing

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Please bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ.
Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk

Gedling Country Park – The Dawn Chorus

A Kestrel Hovers

Try to beat last year’s count of 30 birds. Most migrants should now be here. Of the butterflies, dingy skipper and green hair-streak. A hairy dragonfly (first seen here 2016). Possibly a ring ouzel passing through. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Wrap up warm, with sensible footwear as secondary paths can be muddy. Walking may be slow. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Dawn Chorus

Join us for a special wildlife encounter the arrival of a new day with the melody of bird song. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Contact : 01623 677 329

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre Spring Bird Explorer Walk

Major Oak

Look and listen for a variety of spring birds. Sorry, no dogs. Not suitable for wheelchair users or un- der 8’s. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post Code: NG21 9RN Contact: 01623 677 329

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Join local enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve, for about two hours. Bring binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email: idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre – A Bat Walk

Did you know that a pipistrelle bat can devour over 3,000 midges a night and baby bats cling to their mothers when mum flies in search of food? Join us on this evening walk to learn more about the bats of Sherwood Forest and their association with the world famous Ancient Oaks. This event will involve a gentle stroll of approximately 1.5 miles and finish in the dark at about 10.00 pm Please bring a low powered torch. Insect repel- lent is recommended. Not suitable for under 8’s. Pre-booking essential on www.visitsherwood.co.uk £7.50 or £6.00 RSPB members Meet at the Visitor Centre. Post code: NG21 9RN Contact: 01623 677 329

Bingham Linear Park Grizzled Skipper Butterfly

Grizzled Skipper

Walk to find this butterfly plus other flora and fauna. Meet Jenny Hawkins at the Tithby Bridge entrance of this park. Contact by email: hawkingsjenny@gmail.com

Potwell Dyke Grasslands Southwell

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grasslands have been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), with around 200 species of flora identified. Potwell Dyke Action Group volunteer guides will take you for an informative and leisurely stroll through this very special haven of rare natural beauty. Meet at the Memorial Drive car park (adjacent to the Scout Hut). Grid Ref. SK 703 535 Easy, level walking, but some rabbit holes, so care needed. A small donation (£2) would be welcomed. Contact Ros Johnson on 01636 816 235 or email for information: ros.johnson6@gmail.com

Wilwell Cutting Nature Reserve Open Day

Particularly to enjoy the early summer wildflowers (including Southern Marsh Orchids) around the reserve. Also some guided walks. All finishing about 4.00pm. Enter by the road entrance, on the right just after going under the ring road along the B680 between Wilford and Ruddington. Car park- ing available. Contact Gordon Dyne 0115 878 4842 or gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Summer on Gedling Country Park

Plenty of interesting insects—of the butterflies Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma. Large and Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus — try photos in macro close-up. Find some southern marsh or bee orchids, maybe a rare pyramidal. A cuckoo passing through. Miner and other bees. Many birds. This could be a longer walk than usual. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Potwell Dyke Grasslands Southwell

Within easy walking distance of Southwell Minster, these grass- lands have been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), with around 200 species of flora identified. Potwell Dyke Action Group volunteer guides will take you for an informative and leisurely stroll through this very special haven of rare natural beauty. Meet at the Memorial Drive car park (adjacent to the Scout Hut). Grid Ref. SK 703 535 Easy, level walking, but some rabbit holes, so care needed. A small donation (£2) would be welcomed. Contact Ros Johnson on 01636 816 235 or email for information: ros.johnson6@gmail.com

Dewberry Hill Nature Reserve Radcliffe on Trent

Dewberry Hill Reserve

A nature walk around this Reserve. Meet Gordon Dyne at the entrance on Cropwell Road (going out of Radcliffe), parking on the left about 150 metres beyond the traffic lights up the hill. Contact: Gordon Dyne 0115 8784 842 or email: gordon.dyne@gmail.com

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ

Flora at Stanton Tip, Bulwell

Lesser Celandine

A two-hour summer walk around the former site of Babbington Colliery, now taken over by Nature. Wild flowers and narrow twisting paths make this a wildlife heaven, but it’s unsuitable for those with limited physical ability or wheelchair users. No booking required. Meet at the Cinderhill tram stop NG6 8PY. Contact LucyKennedy at nwtcitylocalgroup@gmail.com

Gedling House Woods Bat walk

Pipistrelle bat on fingers

A walk in these woods with bat detectors to hear what bat species we can find. Meet Tony Morris at the main gate to Gedling House woods. Wellies, torches and water- proofs advised. Wheelchair users– please contact in advance. Bat detectors on loan—training given. No admission charge but donations requested. Contact: Tony Morris on 07796 514135 or email: anthony.morris33@hotmail.com

Gedling House Woods Bat walk

Pipistrelle bat on fingers

A walk in these woods with bat detectors to hear what bat species we can find. Meet Tony Morris at the main gate to Gedling House woods. Wellies, torches and water- proofs advised. Wheelchair users– please contact in advance. Bat detectors on loan—training given. No admission charge but donations requested. Contact: Tony Morris on 07796 514135 or email: anthony.morris33@hotmail.com

Gedling Country Park

Hairstreak Butterfly

Many interesting subjects again. Large number of butterflies and dragonflies–emperors (the largest) should be exciting. Best month of the year for most wildlife. Wild strawberries. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk

Gedling House Woods Bat walk

Daubenton’s Bat

A walk in these woods with bat detectors to hear what bat species we can find. Meet Tony Morris at the main gate to Gedling House woods. Wellies, torches and waterproofs advised. Wheelchair users– please contact in advance. Bat detectors on loan—training given. No admission charge but donations requested. No dogs please. Contact: Tony Morris 07796 514 135 or email: anthony.morris33@hotmail.com

Green’s Mill Bat and Moth Watch

Green’s Windmill

An evening stroll to locate and identify bats and moths around this famous landmark. Experts will be on hand to identify them. Bring torches. All welcome, but booking essential. Meet at Green’s Windmill, Windmill Lane, Nottingham NG2 4QB Contact Martin Willis 07970 178618 or email: nwtcitygroup@gmail.com Those with limited mobility and wheelchair users, please contact us first.

Gedling Country Park Dragonfly heaven

Southern and Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, Common and Red Darters, Common, Azure and Emerald Damselflies, Black-tailed Skimmers and Broadbodied Chasers – many more. Kingfisher could be seen this month. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park . Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. Post code: NG4 4PE Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Birds at Idle Valley

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ

Gedling Country Park

Kingfisher

Heron and Kingfisher could be seen this month, with the last of the insects. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. No dogs please. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Gorse River, Idle Valley

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ

Gedling Country Park

Common Snipe

Autumn colours and the winter bird arrivals. Dragonflies still flying. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. No dogs please. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Front Statue

Join local bird enthusiasts for a bird walk around Idle Valley Nature Reserve. About two hours. Bring your binoculars and walking boots. Donation welcome. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245 or email idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk North Road, Retford. DN22 8RQ

Gedling Country Park

Stoat

If still warm, possibly common darters and migrant hawkers. Many unusual fungi in the woods. Squirrels hoarding nuts. Maybe a rare view of a stoat? Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Walking may be slow. No dogs please. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00

Gedling Country Park

Redwing

Redwing and fieldfare bird arrivals (leaving the EU!) Gulls on the ponds. Look for deer hoof prints. Meet Rod and Jenny Fillingham at the Visitor centre Café 1899 by Spring Lane car park. Post code: NG4 4PE. No dogs please. Wildlife presented by Mark Tyler and Brian Cluff. Contact: Brian Cluff (0115) 9205110 Children must accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Non-FGCP members admission £1.00