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Open Meeting on site on April 16, 2016
Written by Keith Dodd   
Apr 30, 2016 at 03:55 PM

12 people attended, including Dave Winslow and Kevin Flory from Derby Parks Volunteers (DPV).

The recently installed gates near the canoe club were welcomed, and DW thanked.

Plans for further scrub clearance by DPV on the main part of the reserve were discussed.

DPV will keep the main paths open during the summer and will open a narrow path adjacent to and outside the southern part of the stock fence.

The swamp and temple were visited and possible options discussed.

The boundaries towards the South Avenue gardens were discussed.



Sand Martins return to nest at Nutwood.
Written by Keith Dodd   
Apr 26, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Keith Dodd reports:-

We were delighted to see a group of 50 sand martins during the Spring bird walk on Sunday 24 April 2016. They were feeding over the river upstream from the pasture pump and were seen to be using holes in the sandy river bank.

They have nested there in the past, but not for the last 6 or 7 years.

This was the highlight of our early morning walk. There were 12 of us, expertly lead as usual by Paul Highman; a total of 30 bird species were recorded.

Paul has been our bird recorder for 6 years and this was his 200th visit to the reserve. He sends us meticulous records of his sightings every month which form the basis of our Bird Register. Our sincere thanks to Paul who has enthused so many of us over the years.

The following species have been sighted. The number of each species was not recorded


Blackbird                               Goldfinch                                   Reed Bunting
Blackcap                                Great spotted Woodpecker     Robin
Black-headed Gull                Great Tit                                    Sand Martin
Blue Tit                                  Green Woodpecker                  Song Thrush
Canada Goose                      Greenfinch                                Starling
Carrion Crow                        Greylag Goose                          Stock Dove
Chaffinch                              Jackdaw                                     Swallow
Chiffchaff                              Longtailed Tit                            Willow Warbler
Cormorant                            Magpie                                       Woodpigeon
Dunnock                               Mallard                                       Wren


A prestigious award for Nutwood
Written by Hans Rieder   
Apr 02, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Darley and Nutwood ‘Grazing Comes to Town project' received a national award last night for ‘Innovation'. It beat off competition from green spaces in Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Blackburn and London. This award is for all involved in the project with a particular emphasis on your groups, Darley and Nutwood and the DerwentWISE project.

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