Archive for December, 2010

Bittern. Photo: RSPBThe RSPB Langford Lowfields nature reserve is working in partnership with Tarmac to create the biggest reedbed in the East Midlands!

If you would like to hear more about your exciting local reserve come along on
12 January 2011 at the Collingham Memorial Hall.

6.00 pm — 7.00 pm
Bring the family and make some dragonflies and finger puppets and learn about record breaking birds with Warden Paul Bennett.

7.30 pm — 8.30 pm
Site Manager Michael Copleston will give a slideshow and talk about the reserves changing landscape, bitterns, and marsh harriers.
Assistant Warden Jenny Wallace will give a colourful guide to the reserves butterflies and moths.
Local artist Mike Warren will have his fantastic artwork of the wildlife at Langford Lowfields on display.

Refreshments will be provided!


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Unfortunately our Trent Vale community archaeology project at Marton with Lincolnshire County Council was a snow out. We are now planning to reschedule this event for March and are working with the landowner to arrange access to his farm land. As soon as we know we’ll post the news.

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Cromwell cycle ride in December 2010Our Trent Vale cycle routes are developing well thanks to Tony and Alan from Sustrans. On Friday they took Hester out to test the new route around Cromwell. Icy conditions made it too slipery to ride, but the trio managed explore some of this 4.5 mile route on foot and by car.

Features of interest along the way will include the Dolls Museum, Cromwell Lock, the sand and gravel pits and a long stretch of the River Trent. Look out for the completed route with photographs be on our website in January – weather permitting. If you’ve got any interesting ideas, features or stories that would enhance the route at Cromwell please let us know!

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Willow in the snow

Despite freezing temperatures six volunteers came out to Farndon Willow Holt today to coppice and pollard willow. The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve has over 50 varieties of willow in their holt. This is one of the few remaining survivors of the working willow holts which were a feature of many villages in the Trent Vale.

The site is especially important as it houses a unique collection of willow species and hybrids created by the late Lever and Brenda Howitt after the Second World War. A large number of cricket bat willows were grown and harvested here in the past. Today a new working willow holt has been established by volunteers. The willow that was harvested today will be used over the run up to Christmas to make wreaths. NWT welcomes any new volunteers to join them in their weekly activities. For more information please contact The Southern Reserves Officer – Lee Schofield on 07801 865671, or email Lschofield@nottswt.co.uk

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Caunton Young Farmers are a bunch of young people (mostly mid 20s) from the Trent Vale area who get together weekly for a variety of social events. These include drinking, fishing, terrier racing, off-roading, farm visits, go karting, quiz nights and treasure hunts.

The group which has about 20 regular members meets every Tuesday at The Plough in Caunton. For more information about getting involved please contact the chair James Cook Lakers_JamesCook@hotmail.com or tel: 07890 719769. The club welcomes all young people from the rural areas aged between 10 and 30 years. Link to their website here.

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Due to the freezing weather conditions this week, BTCV have decided to postpone their one day Hedgelaying course at Misterton this week scheduled for Thursday 9 December. If you would like more info or to book a place on future courses please contact the course leader Ian Cattell on 07825 377313 or email I.Cattell@btcv.org

Trent Vale BTCV Diploma Level 1 and 2 activities at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark were also curtailed today due to the freezing temperatures. Students instead went to Farndon Willow Holt to carry out health and safety checks which is part of the course. 

Students still sought for both courses so please contact above if interested.

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Trench dug on archaeology site at Marton now filled with snowOur planned Trent Vale open days for Lincolnshire County Council’s archaeology project at Marton were cancelled at the weekend due to snow. We are devastated since the archaeologists had begun work at the beginning of the week digging the trench – which is now filled with snow!

Forlorn looking cabions at the Lincs County Council archaeological Trent Vale dig at MartonWe are hoping to gain a fascinating insight into Marton’s Roman history and want to share it with the community which is why we’re so disappointed. However – we’re still hoping for a break in the weather so watch this space!

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