18 members present. Apologies from Alan Evans.

Norman Clyde-Watson welcomed members & gave the following notices -


  • Litter Pick. Tim Crawford of Broxtowe BC had thanked the Friends for the litter pick in Bramcote Park held recently.
  • Norman had been thanked by Steve Fisher of BBC for a talk he had given to a group in Toton wishing to form a 'Friends Group' - which is now up and running.
  • A site had been identified for the creation of a 'Heathland Area' on the Ridge. Chris Riley and BBC are keen to work with us in the preparation of the ground and scattering heather seed - more details to follow.
  • The Black Poplar on the Ridge has been confirmed as a Female tree and is rather a rarity with perhaps only 5 others in the UK.

Norman then introduced Christopher Hall who presented some superb slides of an Arctic Wildlife holiday - one of many which he organises along with Bird Watching Walks in the UK and locally. For details contact Chris via www.newhorizonsonline.co.uk.

Chris had captured views of glaciers and icebergs -very close! Many Arctic species of birds and flora and naturally polar bears, seals and walrus, all beautifully photographed in an amazing landscape. Anyone interested in visiting Antarctica should contact him for details.

Norman thanked Chris for his excellent talk.

The meeting ended at 8:45pm.

Next Workgroup - Sunday April 20th 10:30am - meet at top of Sandy Lane Main job will be raking over the Wildflower Area after BBC rotovate it again and then re-seed. This hopefully will result in an even better display than last year!

Next Meeting will take place on Monday 7th April at 7:30pm at The Rose Grower. Guest Speaker will be Neil Pinder whose subject will be 'The Harvest Mouse'.

The Friends are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help out or to simply support their work, so...

  • to find out when the next work session will take place, click here, or
  • to find out about becoming a member please contact us here, or
  • to discover what goes into managing the sites click here.

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