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Petition against Fracking Sherwood Forest

38 Degrees has started a petition against the application by energy company Ineos to explore underneath Sherwood Forest for gas.

Please sign the petition using the link above and we will be releasing further information shortly.



NWT Mansfield & Ashfield Local Group Programme of talks February to April 2016

Programme of talks February to April 2016

All these illustrated talks are open to all and will be in the Main Hall, Bridge Street Methodist Church, Mansfield NG18 2HA. Talks start at 1900 and we ask for a donation of £3.00 to cover costs and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you at some of our events:

Tuesday 9 February – East Midlands Ecological Consultancy – Dave Sutton will talk about land management projects and consultancy

Tuesday 8 March – Discover amazing spider facts with Sara Goodacre from Nottingham University – “What makes a Spider Fly?”

Tuesday 12 April – AGM & Talk – Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscapes at NWT Head Office will bring us up to date with current campaigns.

Contact Shlomo Dowen 01623 640134

Download poster here: Advertising Poster – January – June 2016

Will they frack Sherwood Forest?

As you will know, the government has just announced 27 new blocks of onshore oil and gas licences (which would allow fracking) including a number in Notts.

Of more significance for Sherwood Forest, they are consulting on a further 132 blocks which are within 10km of a European-listed wildlife site which therefore require an ‘Appropriate Assessment’. This seems to be something of a box-ticking exercise for the government. There are 7 blocks within 10km of the Birklands & Bilhaugh SAC (an area of ancient woodland around the Major Oak), most of which are in a potential shale gas area.

The recommendation on all blocks is to grant a license with no conditions allowing all stages from exploration to production, apart from not allowing drilling ‘at or near the surface’ within the SAC. (They would even allow seismic testing within the SAC and drilling/fracking beneath the SAC.)

The assessment seems to say that the SAC is just a load of old trees (I paraphrase) which need protecting. But there doesn’t even seem to be any interest in protecting associated birds (unlike for the S Pennine Moors SPA – where birds are a specific reason for European designation).

There also appears to be no consideration of SSSIs, groundwater source protection zones, etc, etc – presumably they would say these will be considered with planning and permitting decisions.

This means that within a few months we can expect almost the whole of Sherwood Forest to be licensed for fracking. Should we be concerned?

Details are linked from our website at:

Nigel Lee
Nottingham Friends of the Earth

Balsam Pulling at Maun Valley Park

Come along and join us in our efforts to control the spread of Himalayan Balsam on the sides of the River Maun on this wonderful Local Nature Reserve

Monday 8th June, Monday 22nd June and Monday 20th July, 6pm to 8pm.

Meeting Point – in the Maun Valley Park LNR car park on Old Mill Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Himalayan Balsam is a tall and vigorous plant that can over-grow our native wildflowers and has a negative impact on important native wildlife (such as water voles). Maun Valley Park LNR provides a wonderful space for people to enjoy wildlife and the ‘great outdoors’, so please come along and give a helping hand to keep this site special.

For more details contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group – 0115 993 2588, 

You can download a flyer for these events here: Maun Valley Park Balsam Pulls June July 2015

Mansfield & Ashfield Local Wildlife Group Activities in November 2014

November is set to be a busy and interesting month for members and supporters of the Mansfield & Ashfield Local Wildlife Group.
Diary Dates:
Saturday 1st November – Wildlife Watch Outing
Tuesday evening 11th November – River In Time
Saturday 15th November – Portland Park Walk
Sunday 16th November – Rainworth Heath Work Day
Tuesday 18th November – Spa Ponds Work Day
Wednesday evening 19th November – Medieval Sherwood Forest Talk
Thursday 20th November – Sherwood Habitats Forum
Sunday 22nd November – Fungi Foray around Ransom Wood
Saturday 6th December – Wildlife Watch Christmas Celebrations
Tuesday evening 9th December – Dormice
Our new programme kicks off on Tuesday evening 11th November with an illustrated talk entitled: “River In Time”. Derbyshire writer and photographer Christine Gregory will explain how human activity over time has had an impact on the little River Bradford and on its wildlife. Her wonderful photographs of the area, its plants and animals bring the habitat to life. Please join us at the Bridge Street Methodist Church, Bridge St, Mansfield NG18 1AL, upstairs in the Main Hall (disabled access is available). For directions to the car park and venue, please see attached. The talk will start at 7pm and we ask for a donation of £3 to cover costs and refreshments.
On Saturday 15th November you can come along for another in the ongoing series of Portland Park Walks with Ian O’Brien. These take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month, with those interested in a gentle nature walk setting off at 10am from the Portland Park Visitor Centre, Lindleys Lane, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 9AL. Walks finish at about 11:30am. For further details contact NWT’s Karen Bennett on 07974 973 598.
Those looking to help manage an import local wildlife site are asked to come along to Rainworth Heath (just off the A617) on Sunday 16th November, from 10 am, to lop some broom and share some laughs. Any questions, contact Shlomo on (01623) 640134. And if you are keen for more of the physical volunteering, there is a work day from 10am on Tuesday 18th November at Spa Ponds (Forest Town, Mansfield) organised by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
All are welcome on Wednesday evening 19th November to listen to Andy Gaunt who will talk about Mercian Archaeological Services’ Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project, from 7pm in the Lounge of the Forest Town Welfare (Arena). £2 suggested donation. Learn about Medieval Sherwood Forest, its and administration and the Forest law. Also the landscape of the forest, the woods and the heath famous as the haunt of outlaws, the Royal Palace in Kings Clipstone at its heart, and the romantic hunting landscape that surrounded it. The talk will cover much of the latest archaeological research by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC in Sherwood Forest including King John’s Palace, St Edwin’s Chapel and Robin Hood’s Village of Edwinstowe.
There are still some places left for this year’s Sherwood Habitats Forum event, which will be taking place at The Newstead Centre on Thursday 20th November. Details will arrive in a separate e-mail message (apologies for double posting). The annual event will this year include talks from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Ruth Testa, RSPB’s Carl Cornish, The Forestry Commission’s Amy Chandler, Birklands Ringing Group’s Andy Lowe and many more! Places are limited, so please e-mail Ian Major to reserve your place. A charge of £10.00 per delegate is requested as a contribution towards costs. For answers to any questions you might have about this event, please contact Ian Major, Community Heritage Landscape Officer at The Sherwood Forest Trust, by e-mail to: or telephone (01623) 821490.
Fungi fans may be interested in the Nottinghamshire Fungi Group Foray around Ransom Wood (NG21 0HJ), from 10am on Sunday 22nd November with an option to eat at the Forever Green Restaurant for lunch. For details visit: and
And don’t forget that on Tuesday evening 9th December we’ll be back at the Bridge Street Methodist Church for an illustrated talk about Dormice. Chris Holliland, a member of the local Dormouse group, who has surveyed and studied these endearing little mice in Nottinghamshire, will give an illustrated talk on the fascinating but secretive creatures.
Wildlife Watch
For 8 – 13 year olds Wildlife Watch meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month at St Marks Church Hall, Mansfield NG18 1BP from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Contact Sarah Spurry, Watch Leader on 07885 169111 or by email to: and please visit their website at: Forthcoming activities include: 1st November‘s Magical Mystery Tour and 6th December’s Christmas Celebrations.
Call for Committee Volunteers
We are still looking for volunteers to join the Mansfield & Ashfield Local (Wildlife) Group Committee. Any questions, contact Local Group Vice-Chair Shlomo Dowen on (01623) 640134.