Did you know that more than half the UK’s animal species are in decline? A recent communication from the Notts Wildlife Trust suggests that a quarter of our native mammals are at risk of extinction, including the hedgehog.

Seventy of our birds are on the Red List according to the RSPB. These are not just the rarities; some of them are our most familiar and well-loved birds: summer migrants like swifts, swallows, cuckoos and turtledoves. Then there is the puffin. And green finches, set to disappear. When did you last see a greenfinch?

What can we do? You might consider joining an environmental group, such as the Wildlife Trust; have a look at its website for lots of excellent ideas for what we can do to save nature. Visit the Idle Valley Nature Reserve and become a volunteer, sign up for one of the local group’s guided walks and find out more about local areas and their wildlife.

For more information about the North Notts Local Group of Notts Wildlife Trust, phone Jan 01777 709974 or 07969 180067 or email janwilliamson133@gmail.com. If you would like to receive email updates of local group activities, including the summer programme for this year, please email Jan with your request.