Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spa Ponds Appeal Fundraiser

PieAndPeaPosterThe Forest Town Nature Conservation Group is raising funds to purchase and improve the Spa Ponds Nature Reserve.  The Group will be holding a Pie & Peas fundraising event from 7:30 pm on Friday 1st November at the Forest Town Welfare.  There will be a raffle, and live music with the Fall Gize, a “1960s plus” cover band.  So please come along and bring some friends.  Tickets, available from Shlomo, are selling for £5 each. Visit to read more about the Appeal, and to see some lovely photographs of Spa Ponds.

You can download a poster for this event here: PieAndPeaPoster


Wildlife Watch (First Saturday of the month)

Wildlife Watch GroupWildlife Watch meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am – 12.30 pm at St Mark’s and then spends most of their time on either Titchfield Park, Quarry Lane or Oakham Nature Reserves.

This is the junior section of NWT’s M&ALG: the Wildlife Watch group. Please share this with anyone – parents / children / grandchildren and display the poster for others to be aware of “What’s On”.

You can download the poster for this event here: WildlifeWatch

Mansfield Museum Tree Tops Exhibition

From now until 23rd November visitors to the Mansfield Museum can see the Tree Tops Exhibition, which provides information and “captures the feel of an imaginary wood”. Read more at: and


Insect exhibition

Insect Exhibition PosterOn Saturday 16th November the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society will be at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus (Southwell NG25 0QF) from 11 am – 4 pm exhibiting live and preserved insects, and providing overviews of studies and projects, news of research and conservation, entomological equipment, photographs and powerpoint presentations, books and CDs. See attached (2013 Exhibition poster (colour)) and visit for more about this opportunity to meet with other entomologists from the area who will be keen to advise and encourage your interest.

You can download the poster for this event here: InsectExhibition


Spa Ponds Presentation to the Moor Pond Woods Group

We will be comparing notes about looking after sites with both nature conservation and heritage value on Wednesday evening 30th October when the the Moor Pond Woods Group hosts a talk on Spa Ponds from the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group. For details contact Shlomo on


Walks and talks with Debbie Alston

Debbie will be leading/teaching an impressive variety of walks, talks and courses in what remains of 2013, including a 5-session introductory course on British Mammals to take place at the ASDA Mansfield’s Community Room on Monday evenings 7 – 9 pm starting 28th October. Over 70 different species of mammals can be found in the wild in Britain, some of them are common and others are very rare. This WEA course will give you a good introduction to many of these, including how to recognise them by sight as well as the signs they leave behind. Cost: £35 (discounted £31.50) or free if on specified benefits. To book ring the WEA on 01623 427352 or email Visit for further details of the full range of activities on offer.


Rainworth Heath Scrub Clearance Days

M&ALG Vice-Chair, and Rainworth Heath NWT Warden, Ian O’Brien will be leading two scrub clearance days, meeting up from 10 am at the gates on Pit Lane on Saturdays 26th October and 23rd November. For details contact Shlomo on