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Notts Wildlife Trust farndon willow holtOur partners the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust manage several reserves in the Trent Vale – some of them are unique providing species-rich habitats. One of these sites, Farndon Willow Holt, is a nationally important site that covers almost 10 hectares of flood meadow and grassland and is one of the few remaining working willow holts – a once common feature of many Trent site communities.

Would you like to to help to manage these reserves? Whether you fancy helping out for a few hours or on a regular basis, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers and would love to hear from you. Below is a list of up and coming Trent Vale activities. If you would like to come along or to find out more, please contact Lee Schofield, Reserves Officer on 07801 865671 or email LSchofield@nottswt.co.uk

08 Jul, Thurs at Beacon Hill Reserve, Newark, Ragwort Pulling

15 Jul, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Cut paths & area around hide

14 Aug, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Cut meadow areas and in collection

11 Sep, Sat at Besthorpe North, Mow footpaths, coppice invasive willow

30 Sep, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

07 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

09 Oct, Sat at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around borrow pit, bonfire

14 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around Mons Pool

21 Oct, Thurs at Besthorpe South, Coppicing around Mons Pool

13 Nov, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Pollarding veteran willows, bonfire

09 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

11 Dec, Sat at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

16 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt

23 Dec, Thurs at Farndon Willow Holt, Harvest Willow in Holt & Christmas bonfire

Have a look at our events page on the right for more volunteering activities in the Trent Vale.

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Male marsh harrier at Langford Lowfields. Photo: Nick Martin, RSPB.A pair of Marsh harriers are now breeding on the RSPB Langford Lowfields reserve in the Trent Vale. The reserve, just north of Newark on Trent, is home to the most extensive area of reedbed in the East Midlands and now to Nottinghamshire’s first breeding pair of marsh harriers too!

The reserve is still connected to a working gravel quarry, but is in the process of being restored. The RSPB’s programme is creating a range of habitats including woodland, a wader scrape and dry grassland. But the highlight of the reserve is its 30 hectares of newly created reedbed, much of which has been planted by volunteers.

The RSPB is increasing the area of reedbed habitat, helping to attract priority species such as otters and water voles. The reserve also provides a link with the neighbouring Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserves of Besthorpe and Girton, creating corridors for wildlife and a combined substantial reed habitat in one area.

The reserve at Langford Lowfields has already had an impact on wildlife, attracting other exciting bird species such as bitterns, little egrets, wood sandpipers, bearded tits, lapwings, redshanks and snipe. The reserve will eventually be open to the public, but at the moment it can only be visited by appointment or through guided walks or volunteering.

If you are interested in seeing the Langford Lowfields marsh harriers, go along to one of their fantastic guided walks. Booking essential. Please contact Paul Bennett on 01636 893611 or email paul.bennett@rspb.org.uk.

Dates for the walks are:
Sunday 18 July
Sunday 8 August
Sunday 15 August
Sunday 29 August

Time: 2pm to 4pm. Price: £2 per adult, £1 per child. Stout footwear with a good grip is recommended. Sorry, no dogs.

Visit the Langford Lowfields website.

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Sunday 11 April 2010 saw the beginning of the Community Heritage Project in Marton with Lincolnshire County Council. A total of 26 volunteers turned up to have a go at archaeological field walking and metal detecting on a known Roman roadside settlement. Thankfully the weather held out and lots of different types of Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, and even a prehistoric struck flint were collected. Everyone worked hard and contributed to a successful day.

Sorting artefacts found on the Marton field walk dayThe finds will be sorted and analysed, and the results will be presented to the community on 29 May 2010 in Marton Village Hall from 11am onwards. In November we are hoping to hold an archaeological excavation in Marton on the Roman settlement, in which volunteers from the community are invited to take part. No experience is necessary, as training and supervision will be provided.

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As part of our community grants scheme, a total of £9,662.00 has so far been awarded to a range of exciting Trent Vale community projects:

  • £1,900 to Gainsborough Heritage and Tourism Group towards the installation of a specially-commissioned piece of artwork illustrating the local birdlife of the Trent Vale. This artwork will be installed as part of the Gainsborough Town Centre Improvement Plan.
  • Up to £2,000 to Marton and Gate Burton Parish Council towards an all weather information board promoting walks around the parishes.
  • Up to £2,000 to Knaith and Marton Community Gardening Scheme to develop community garden plots under a land-share scheme.
  • £1,812 to Norwell CE School for a series of workshops about the local tradition of willow growing and utilisation. The final stage will be the construction of a willow dome in the school grounds.

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

  • 1,950 to the Barn Owl Species Recovery Project to increase the number of barn owl nesting boxes in the Trent Vale and to support annual monitoring and maintenance.

We are also working with local farmers in the Trent Vale to fund and support projects that enhance habitats and encourage biodiversity. To find out more about our community grants contact helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk.

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