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Archive for April, 2011

On Saturday 16 April 8 people came to Langford Lowfields to learn how to identify birds on a free one day course organised by BTCV. Paul Bennett – Warden for the RSPB site at Langford Lowfields led the training, which was greatly enjoyed by all participants. To find out what birds you can see at Langford Lowfields visit their website.

Trent Vale is holding other wildlife identification courses throughout the year. Please contact us if you are interested.

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coffee, cake and a chit chatIt’s good to see the ever reliable coffee and cake bringing communities together. The North Leverton Chapel is running Coffee, Cake and Chat every Wednesday from 10.30 – 12.00 . Please show your support to initiative by going along and joining in.

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Lincolnshire County Council and Sez U Theatre have created a short film inspired by the Roman finds, history and landscape at Marton following our Trent Vale events there. Take a look by clicking this link..

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great crested newtOn 6 May the Wildlife Trusts and Trent Vale Landscape Partnership have teamed up with national experts from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) to offer a free one day workshop in newt identification and ecology. The workshop is suitable for everyone and no previous knowledge of newts is required.

The workshop will be held at Kettlethorpe Village Hall on Friday 6 May. In the morning, we will cover newt identification, habitat requirements and conservation. During the afternoon, we will visit two nearby sites to see newts in their natural habitat and hopefully be able to look in detail at the protected Great Crested Newt.

Funding for this course is provided by Trent Vale Landscape Partnership (TVLP) and is therefore free of charge. TVLP is a three year Heritage Lottery Funded Scheme that aims to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the River Trent between Newark and West Stockwith.

Booking is essential please contact Jenni Hignett at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for more details and to book your place. jhignett@nottswt.co.uk or 07896 954695.

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We need volunteers to help us explore local history surveying Trent Vale graveyardsAs part of Trent Vale, Nottinghamshire County Council archaeologists are encouraging people to investigate their local graveyards. 

Old graveyards bring about mixed feelings in people; some find them eerie while others find them places of peace and memory. This dichotomy of feeling is easy to understand. They are, at the same time, both places of mourning and places where lives are celebrated, and snippets of history encapsulated. They are an important genealogical resource; there is nothing like the feeling of connection when you discover the grave of a great-great ancestor.

Graveyards are often overlooked as an historical resource, and yet they are full of information.  Each one is unique, some having distinctive styles of gravestone, others charting the rise and fall of local industries or families. Each graveyard plays memory to bygone days, and each contains curiosities urging the researcher to learn more.

There is a lot of information that can be gleaned from grave markers, but they are being continually eroded by the weather. Graveyard surveys aim to record the inscriptions on the stones, as well as the style and design. A condition survey is a standard element; this records how damaged the stones are, and if they are being damaged by something that could be prevented.

Archaeologists are looking for people to join in the ‘Graveyard Shift’, to come along with them to graveyards and help record the information on the memorials and gravestones.

If you are interesting in finding out more please get in touch with the community archaeologists. Contact Emily Gillott, Community Archaeology, Nottinghamshire County Council 0115 977 2160 email Emily.gillott@nottscc.gov.uk

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