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Pondemonium! Wilford’s Wetland Wonders


Funds will improve access to rare pond wildlife within Wilford Claypits Nature Reserve and increase the skills of local volunteers.

Total received £1,958.05

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About this cause

South Notts Local Group (SNG) is one of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s local members’ groups, working to promote nature conservation in Rushcliffe. We run a programme of walks, talks, site-visits and reserve open days over the year, open to all. SNG fundraises and communicates conservation tips at various local fairs, monitors local planning applications and participates in local wildlife initiatives. Through specialist training of volunteers, we have up-skilled local community members in habitat surveying & management. In addition, volunteering activities and spending time in the natural environment can lead to significant improvements in physical and mental health. SNG is a platform for promoting wildlife conservation to the public. Through local groups, local action can be taken.

How this cause brings people in the community together

Wilford Claypits Nature Reserve is a small SSSI behind the Apple Tree Pub. It is a mixture of pond, marsh, grass and woodland habitat, home to dragonflies, frogs and newts. The funding will allow SNG, volunteers and contractors to clear overgrown vegetarian, upgrade the pond platform and maintain the reserve’s wooden paths. We will provide specialist training to volunteers in ‘Common Standards Monitoring’ to enable them to capture species data in a standardised format. Data collected directly informs the reserve’s overall management. Ultimately our work benefits the whole community by providing free access to wildlife, increasing physical and mental health of reserve users, developing volunteers’ technical & social skillset, and protecting rare species’ habitats on the reserve.