History

Wildlife in the City started in 2010 as a partnership project between Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Nottingham City Council.

It began as a three-year project funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme. During the first three years, the project worked with local people to undertake vital habitat creation and management works throughout the city.  We particularly worked in areas of Nottingham with previously little wildlife activity from the partners.  These areas were Bestwood, Bulwell, Aspley/Broxtowe estate, Clifton, The Meadows, and Sneinton.

This was also linked to 10 green spaces that were identified as places to preserve, improve and/or promote in the funded programme:-

  • Breck's Plantation
  • Glapton (Whitegate) Woods
  • Holme Pit, Clifton Grove and Clifton Woods
  • Bulwell Hall Park
  • Hucknall Road Linear Walkway, Moorbridge Pond and Springfield Corner
  • Sandy Banks Nature Reserve
  • Quarry Holes
  • Colwick Woods
  • Broxtowe Country Park
  • Queens Walk Recreation Ground.

The initial Wildlife in the City project covered a broad range of activity:

  • delivering events
  • supporting Friends of Groups
  • delivering a diverse volunteer programme
  • offering and delivering conservation training
  • promoting Urban Wildlife
  • Funding improvements to the above green spaces.  Particularly habitat improvements, access improvements and educational creations such as information boards and wood car

Work has continued under the 'Wildlife in the City' ethos, and the partnership between Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Nottingham City Council continues, alongside the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust City Local GRoup, Nottinghamshire Urban Wildlife Scheme (NUWS), Nottingham Open Spaces Forum (NOSF), and the 'Keeping it Wild' youth team.

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