18 members present. Apologies from Linda & Phil Whitt, Doreen & Geoff Smith, Geoff Fewkes and Iris Clarke

The main item was a talk by John Appleton on Birdlife on the Ridge. Illustrated with his own colour sketches and sound recordings, and interspersed with readings by his wife Sandra from a collection of poems called ‘Cheerfulness of Sparrows’ by Peter Walton. The talk was both informative and entertaining

The following are a few facts from the talk:

  • There are 9000 species of bird in the world - 558 in Britain, 180 locally and 43 recorded over 2-3 years on the ridge.
  • The most common bird is the wren.
  • In 1971 John recorded 54 species in his own garden (some now not seen), including reed bunting, skylark, bunting and barn owl.
  • Magpies - there is no evidence that they are responsible for the decline in songbirds
  • Sisken - the smallest finch. Likes birch and alder
  • Goldcrest - (October to March) the smallest UK bird weighing 6 grams
  • Longtailed Tit - 5½” with 3” tail. Nest of lichen, spiderweb and feathers
  • Swift – 6½” long with 15” wingspan. Spends first 2-3 years on the wing, migrating to South Africa twice without landing
  • Bullfinch – pairs for life. Numbers declining and ‘red alert’ list

Future Monday Meetings

  • 6 March - Mr Charles Lowe will talk on the former nursery. (Mr Woodhouse from the former Bankfield farm may attend)
  • 3 April – Geoff Fewkes will lead a walk to look at grasses and flora of the area
  • May – John Appleton may organise a session on making bird boxes


  • Walter updated the group on moves to get funding for a path. Groundwork Greater Nottingham willing to process application in new financial year starting April.
  • Leaflets on wildlife walks available from Broxtowe BC, eg 1 hour walk through Hemlock Stone Woods on Sunday 27 February, starting at 2pm
  • On 1 March the Bramcote conservation Society is meeting at 7:30 in the Bramcote Church School for a slide shoe by Dr Tom Fletcher ‘A drive in the Hindu Kush’

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