Clifton Estate was once the largest council estate in Europe. Now it is a mix of long-term residents, new families, students and commuters. The dominant natural feature of the area would have been Clifton Woods which ran from the village through the estate. Large sections of the wood can still be enjoyed along the River Trent, by Clifton Village. Other remnants can be found scattered across Clifton Estate where many of the nature reserves are woodland habitat. Clifton is also surrounded by green space, which means it is a fantastic area for getting involved in wildlife and being outdoors!
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Holme Pit is a beautiful expanse of water surrounded by woodland. Popular for fishing, it is also an excellent place for looking for birds.
Holme Pit is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Holme Pit Action Group on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
Image © Cathy Melia
Clifton Wood sits above Holme Pit, a woodland that was once linked to Clifton Hall - several ornamental trees amongst the established woodland catch the eye - especially the giant redwoods!
Clifton Wood is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Nottingham City Council
Glapton (Whitegate) Wood is one of several patches of small woodland across the Clifton estate. This woodland covers the side of a hill, meaning it can be seen from many roads around - it also has a stunning view across the estate, taking in several other green spaces. The woodland itself is great to explore, or in summer you could just sit and enjoy the wildflower meadow.
Glapton Wood is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
Image © Emma Wheater
Breck’s Plantation is one of several small urban woodlands in the Clifton Estate. It may be small, but this network of habitat means it is still able to home a huge variety of woodland birds. It is hard to not see a grey squirrel as you enter the site, but who knows what else you might see here. Breck’s Plantation is split into 2 halves, each with a different character, so there is plenty to explore!
Breck’s Plantation is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
Clifton Grove woodland is part of same complex as Clifton Wood and Holme Pit. The woodland follows the River Trent to the North-East.
Clifton Grove is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust manages Fairham Brook Nature Reserve, and area of grassland, scrub and the brook itself.
Clifton Playing Fields are situated on the north end of Clifton estate, on Farnbrough Road. It is a Green Flag Award winning park, managed by Nottingham City Council. For more information on the park, visit the Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces webpage
Clifton Central Park is a Nottingham City Council managed park which forms a direct link from the centre of Clifton through to Clifton Playing Fields. It is an attractive park with flower beds and wooded areas. For more information on Clifton central Park, visit its Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces webpage
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This wonderful video captures the beauty and grace of the mighty kingfisher, taken at Fairham Brook Nature Reserve, Clifton, Nottingham - one of over 70 reserves managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Find out more: www.nottinghamshirewildlife.or
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Wildlife in the City have started work to improve the wildlife habitats of Clifton - the Connecting Wild Clifton’ project aims to improve the woodland and wetland habitats the area is lucky enough to enjoy.
Wildlife in the City is excited to be a part of “Connecting Wild Clifton”, a £70,000 biodiversity project funded by Biffa Award to improve 6 nature reserves for wildlife across Clifton - from the Holme Pit at the east of Clifton village to Fairham Brook bordering the west of Clifton estate.
Glapton (Whitegate) Wood in Clifton, is a lovely little woodland - and this means, it can get very muddy and slippy. One of the most used routes through the woodland was even getting inpassable. After talking to local residents, the Wildlife in the City team realised the difference resurfacing the path could make….
Seeing trees being felled in a wood we have known and loved for many years can bring out a range of emotions. Tree felling can also throw up a range of questions.
We have asked the Head of the Estates Team here at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Charles Langtree, to explain the reasons behind much of the work happening on our nature reserves through the autumn and winter.