To get wildlife lovers through the autumn and winter, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has put together a packed programme of opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the county’s wildlife. Their Wildlife What’s On Events Guide includes events during the school holidays right through to Christmas and is now available. It is packed with activities, walks and volunteering opportunities, and with dark nights approaching there is an interesting range of evening talks. Details of all the charity’s event are also listed on its website.
All events are open to the public and many are organised by the charity’s local volunteer groups which are spread across the county, so you don’t have to go far to get involved.
Children’s Activities at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, are as follows. Please note that outdoor clothing is essential. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children. Booking essential. Contact: Rural Learning Centre 01777 858 245.
Idle Valley — Wild Woodlands
Join us for an exciting day of activities in our woods at Idle Valley on 26th October. You will learn how to light fires safely, build your own shelters and learn bushcraft skills. You will also get a chance to explore the wildlife in a woodland setting. For children aged 8-14. 10.30am-2.00pm. £12 per child. Outdoor clothing and a packed lunch are essential. Parents and guardians are not required to attend.
Most of our local groups hold monthly wildlife talks during the winter evenings. These start at 7.30pm and cover a variety of subjects.
Build Your knowledge
Saturday 9th December
Winter Tree Identification Training Course
Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves, at our Idle Valley Reserve. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve. 10am-3pm, £35. To book, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses and Lectures category.
Sunday 10th December
Idle Valley Christmas Lecture Lighting Up Nature
Join Rick Berry from Wise Owl Environmental Education for an interactive talk on light in nature. Take part in fun experiments that show how animals see light, and how some animals can even make their own light! Suitable for children age 6+ and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 2.00pm – 3.00pm, £6 per child. To book, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses and Lectures category.
Continuing our Series of Idle Valley Lectures
Friday, 3rd November
Courting Controversy: The Art and Artifice of Wildlife Film Making
Martin Hughes-Games is best known as one of the presenters on the BBC’s Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch series. His talk will take a look at how wildlife film makers produce amazing footage and discuss the techniques used to get the shots they want.
Friday, 1st December
Stephen Moss: Birds Britannia
Stephen Moss is a BAFTA award-winning TV producer, naturalist and TV presenter. Best known for his work on Springwatch, Stephen also produced Big Cat Diary, Birds Britannia and Birding with Bill Oddie. During the evening he will talk about why the British are so obsessed with birds.
Both lectures include Q&A sessions and book-signing. Café serving all evening. Doors open at 6.30pm; lecture 7.30pm to 10pm. £18.95 or £21.95 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment by clicking on the Training & Events category at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
For more information about any of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust events pick up a ‘Wildlife What’s On’ leaflet from Tourist Information Centers, and a range of other venues. Get involved and make the most of the natural wonders on your doorstep!
Alternatively, details of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust events can be found online at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.
For further details about the ‘Wildlife What’s On’ guide or the wider work of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust please contact Erin McDaid on 0115 958 8242 or 07734 573862.