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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s largest environmental charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife and wildlife habitats. If you share our vision please support us by becoming a member.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust The Old Ragged School, Brook Street, Nottingham NG1 1EA T: 0115 958 8242 E: info@nottswt.co.uk @Nottswildlife

NottinghamshireWildlifeTrust

Annual Review

Charity No.224168. Company No. 748865. Auditor: Ling Phipp Chartered Accountants, Cliffe Hill House, 22-26 Nottingham, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 8AA

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Image credits: Red deer, Jon Hawkins; Grey heron, Sean Browne; Fox cub, Jon Hawkins; Valerie Holt, James Greed; John Everitt, Andy Wickham; Besthorpe aerial view, Stuart Eggerton; Elizabeth Kneafsey-Richards & Agnes Kiemel with Herdwick sheep, Vincent Scothern; Horse logging in Treswell Wood, Susie Rees; 7-spot ladybird, Jon Hawkins; Song thrush, Margaret Holland.

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I am delighted to see how well the Wildlife Trust is delivering on its ambitious landscape-scale plans for wildlife and people.

Valerie Holt Chairman

One hundred years ago The Wildlife Trusts movement was established by Charles Rothschild and as we approach our own landmark, the 50th anniversary of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 2013, we reflect on another year of significant success in our work.

From planning to farm advice and reserve management to outdoor learning, it’s been another great year of standing up for the wildlife of Nottinghamshire.

John Everitt Chief Executive

A year at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Campaigning for wildlife We have worked with local authorities, businesses, voluntary bodies and a range of other partner organisations to lobby on behalf of the county’s wildlife, influencing and shaping decisions to benefit the environment. This year saw a continued increase in planning activity, with improvements made to major minerals and development planning schemes to ensure environmental protection. We screened thousands of planning applications, gaining increased protection for Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation and protected species, helping to take forward our aspirations

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for landscape-scale conservation beyond our own nature reserves. We also supported major national campaigns for a strong Natural Environment White Paper and for marine protection through our Petition Fish initiative. In addition to meeting MPs face-to-face, all MPs received written communications on matters of local and national significance, and new profiles of the natural environment in each Parliamentary constituency were prepared. There have been continued efforts this year working closely with the

Environment Agency to ensure proper environmental mitigation and enhancements through the construction of the Attenborough Flood Alleviation Scheme. Surveying and monitoring of species and sites is essential to understand impacts on wildlife, and we have further developed our data capacity with improvements in mapping and recording.

At a time of change to national planning laws, we will continue to champion wildlife throughout the planning process, ensuring the needs of wildlife are recognised in a changing climate. Across Europe, we will ensure the local perspective is provided in the review of the Common Agricultural Policy, a policy that has significantly shaped the UK countryside over the last 50 years.

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Screened more than 8,100 planning applications with 330 responses being made. In more than half of all cases, we achieved success in comments being taken up. Met four Nottinghamshire MPs for discussions in their constituency, on location or at Westminster. Added our voice to the call for people to become Friends of Marine Conservation Zones. Attracted a 90% increase in visits to our website, with around 300,000 page views. Marked the retirement of John Ellis after 25 years of exceptional service to the Wildlife Trust, demonstrating a huge commitment to the wildlife of the county.

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Working with partners to restore biodiversity In 2011-12 we delivered the second year of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership project with farmers, landowners and communities, including conservation grazing with a new herd of Lincoln Red cattle. The year saw the distribution of small grants, survey and training sessions and improvements to nature reserve interpretation to help reconnect communities to the river between Newark and Gainsborough. We developed major new initiatives in Sherwood Forest, including heathland restoration and pony grazing, exploring collaborative work with Welbeck and Thoresby Estates, and a landscape Annual Review 2011-12

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partnership funding scheme. Much of this work was achieved through the Sherwood Forest Regional Park Board, which the Trust chaired. We have advanced major new wetland proposals including the Meden, Fleet and Fairham Brook to improve water quality, wetland habitats and fish passage. Our work in the Idle Valley has been successful in securing status as a Nature Improvement Area and resources from Defra for conservation work including advice to local landowners. Alongside this project, the Trust has received resources from the Environment Agency to improve habitats and reduce pollution to

watercourses along the Idle and Ryton River catchments. The Trust continued to work closely with local authority partners to improve the management of public green spaces for wildlife. This included delivery of service level agreements with Nottingham City Council, Mansfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council, as well as work with other authorities.

We will work with partners on the Sherwood Forest Regional Park to help develop new fundraising programmes and further expand the pony grazing initiative in partnership with the Forestry Commission. We will progress our partnership efforts in the Erewash Valley, Idle Valley and Trent Vale to bring in funding for major landscape-scale programmes, while supporting Friends Groups and management of public spaces.

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Advanced major landscape initiatives for wildlife in the Trent Vale, Sherwood Forest, Idle Valley and Erewash Valley areas. Engaged with young people on 10 Wildlife in the City project sites, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, raising awareness of wildlife issues across the city. Carried out significant advisory work on habitat restoration and management, with 115 advisory visits to 78 different landowners, covering 2,176 hectares of land. A total of 23 of these visits provided management advice on Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs). Signed up an additional three sites to our Blue Butterfly grassland scheme to make a total of 53, helping grassland habitat restoration in urban and rural areas. Worked with 45 landowners on the Bed & Breakfast for Farmland Birds project, in partnership with Notts Birdwatchers, to deliver significant biodiversity gain.

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Managing and enhancing our estate Our largest restoration scheme of £0.5m was completed this year at Besthorpe Nature Reserve within the Trent Vale area. This involved the development of new water control structures to take and store water from the Trent to enable the creation of reedbed and wet grassland habitat. It also involved major improvements in screens, signage and interpretation to position Besthorpe as one of the best wildlife areas in the county. Alongside the Attenborough Flood Alleviation Scheme, major reserve enhancements continued at Attenborough Nature Reserve including the establishment of reedbed and grassland creation. Annual Review 2011-12

The Heritage Lottery-funded Idle Valley Nature Reserve has continued to develop well, with major scrub clearance, reedbed creation and grassland management. Following the feasibility study for a second phase of development at Idle Valley, significant work was undertaken to secure resources for livestock management facilities. In addition, the site won the prestigious national Mineral Products Association Cooper-Heyman Cup in recognition of the work that the Trust and Tarmac have undertaken to restore the former quarry site. Major restoration work has also been undertaken across the estate with

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highlights including work at Spalford Warren, Misson Carr, Eaton and Gamston Woods, Dyscarr Wood, Bunny Wood, Ploughman Wood, Beeston Sidings and Girton Grasslands. Ongoing improvements to access and interpretation have been made at many sites including Faith Marriott and Teversal Trails.

Staff will work with volunteers to continue to improve habitats across all our reserves, now covering 1,401 hectares. We will deliver major improvements for the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, focusing on habitat restoration, visitor facilities and new livestock facilities. The Trust will begin delivery of the major Lottery funded programme of work at Attenborough Nature Centre and reserve to enhance its reputation as a gateway to the Wildlife Trust.

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Have now completed 38 up-to-date management plans for the Trust’s 71 reserves. Delivered environmental improvements to the estate under agri-environment schemes, with more than 500 hectares receiving Environmental Stewardship at either the Entry Level or Higher Level, and 218 hectares of woodland now in the English Woodland Grant Scheme. Grazed 40 sites in the year, with livestock numbering 586 sheep and 35 cows, including the newly purchased herd of Lincoln Red cattle, thanks to our successful 2011-12 Cow Appeal.

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Inspiring people to take action Our approach to outdoor learning goes from strength to strength, demonstrating the lasting impressions that can be made through inspiring people. The Education and Community team worked with more than 7,800 students (up from 5,700 last year) providing formal education to all ages. This included more than 3,100 pupils visiting Attenborough Nature Centre, more than 600 at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre and visits to other sites, reserves and the Cottam Education Centre, in partnership with EDF Energy. Attenborough Nature

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Centre saw improvements to fixtures, installation of wildlife cameras and a range of new activities. The EcoMinds programme at Idle Valley, working with mental health clients, has seen new horticulture, planting and conservation activity, including the construction of an outdoor ‘green classroom’. Outreach work this year ranged from a successful woodland workshop programme, to health walks and early years activities. We also increased capacity with a new HSBC funded programme at Attenborough and

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Heritage Lottery Funded work in west Nottinghamshire alongside work with Ashfield District Council at Portland Park. The Trust has seven Wildlife Watch Groups and 50 volunteer leaders/helpers, with a new group being developed for Mansfield. Our groups have performed well again in the National Watch Awards, with Farndon and Woodthorpe Guides Groups being highly commended.

We will expand the Wildlife in the City project in Nottingham working with Friends Groups, local communities and other volunteers. We will advance our education and community work through the new Sherwood Heathlands project, and continue with plans for new visitor facilities in the west of the county.

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Were supported by more than 800 active volunteers, involved in activities including governance, reception duties, practical management and communications. Had contact with more than a quarter of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s schools, with 15 schools/groups affiliated to Wildlife Watch. Advised 19 schools on improving their grounds for wildlife, with a particular focus on schools in the Trent Vale area, Bassetlaw and Rushcliffe. Ran an increased number of training courses with more than 450 people improving their skills in species identification and practical conservation techniques. Saw more than 15,000 people participate in family-friendly events, a significant increase on last year. The eight Local Groups delivered a programme of walks, talks and other events with a further 4,000 participants. The Trust now supports 34 Friends Groups across the county.

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Income and expenditure 2011-12 In the current economic climate, this was a challenging year for the Trust but we were pleased to see membership recruitment increase again, finishing 2011-12 with 10,800 members (an increase of 300 on the previous year). The Trustees would like to thank every individual or organisation who contributed financially during the last year. In doing so, these supporters made a huge and significant programme of local wildlife conservation possible. Voluntary help is essential to the Trust’s success and while the value of the time and effort of unpaid volunteers cannot be quantified, we are again extremely grateful for their support. Annual Review 2011-12

Annual Report charts: financial year 2011-2012 (group)

Financial headlines 2010-11

Incoming Resources

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During the financial year, the Trust and its subsidiaries had income of £2.49 million and expenditure of £2.67 million. We were affected by delays to the start of some major projects and a significant clawback of income from the Rural Payments Agency. Both subsidiaries (East Midlands Environmental Consultants and Attenborough Nature Centre) again made considerable Gift Aid contributions, and good levels of voluntary income were secured from grants and donations. Investment income held up well, and the investments performed better than expected with an overall gain of £64,743,

Corporate (including landfill) Grant Making Trusts Lottery Funds Statutory Bodies (including Aggregates Tax) Membership + Public Support Merchandising & Other income Total

248005 7550 396864 282514 582987 980800 2498720

9.9 0.3 15.9 11.3 23.3 39.3 100.0

Fundraising & Publicity Merchandising & Consultancy Costs Estate Management Conservation Policy Education & Community Operational Costs Total

198066 168258 653841 306859 352548 996342 2675914

7.4 6.3 24.4 11.5 13.2 37.2 100.0

resulting in a net decrease in funds of £112,903 after taxation and minority interest. Nearly £1.7m was spent directly on delivery of charitable activities whilst the cost of generating funds was kept to 10.6% of total expenditure.

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The tables are based upon consolidated audited accounts. Full copies of accounts are available on request.

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Funding wildlife protection We are grateful to the following for their support this year: Landfill, Lottery, Public and Statutory • 6 Cs Strategic Green Infrastructure • Bassetlaw District Council • Big Lottery (Access To Nature) • Big Lottery (Awards for All) • Big Lottery (Ecominds) • Biffaward • Broxtowe Borough Council • Cemex Community Fund • Defra • Environment Agency • Forestry Commission • Gedling Borough Council • Heritage Lottery Fund (Main Grants)

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Heritage Lottery Fund (Your Heritage) LaFarge/Derbyshire Environmental Trust Mansfield District Council Natural England New Growth Point Funding Nottingham City Council Nottinghamshire County Council Rushcliffe Borough Council Sita Trust Trent Vale Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund) Veolia Environmental Trust WREN

Grant Making Trusts (GMTs) Alan Evans Memorial Trust • CL Hill Trust • Coda Wildlife Trust • Dunn Family Charitable Trust • JN Derbyshire Charitable Trust • Linley Shaw Foundation • NatWest Community Force • Roger Vere Foundation • Sir John Eastwood Foundation •

Wildlife Guardians / Corporate Supporters Corporate membership of the Trust is designed to enable organisations to demonstrate care for the local environment. The following were corporate members and supporters during the year: • Browne Jacobson Solicitors • BT • Caliba • Capital One • Castle Rock Brewery • Cemex UK • Center Parcs

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DNCC E.ON UK EDF Energy George and Co Press Ltd Hanson Aggregates HSBC Bank Plc Lafarge Aggregates Ltd L’Oreal Luxe Make Hay Ethical E-Media Mansfield Sand Company Ltd Newark Area Internal Drainage Board North Midland Construction Plc Nottingham Trent University

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Novozymes Biopharma UK Ltd Optima Graphic Design Consultants Ltd Price and Myers Ransomwood Estates Ltd RWE npower Siemens Metering Services Speedo International Tarmac Midland University of Nottingham Waitrose (Trinity Square) Walter Harrison & Sons XMA Limited

Income from our membership was a major source of unrestricted income and included a number of significant legacies, as set out below: • Penelope Day • Jeffrey Noble • Enid Oakes

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