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Take guided walk on the wild side at Netherfield nature reserve

The latest line-up of guided walks have been announced for 2018 at Netherfield Lagoons which will allow people from across the borough to get closer to nature

The Gedling Conservation Trust which owns and manages the Netherfield Lagoons nature reserve has just announced details of this year’s extensive program of walks for 2018.

These popular walks are led by site manager and wildlife expert Pete Smith.

The Netherfield Lagoons site is a designated Local Nature Reserve and the most important site for wildlife in Gedling Borough.

The meeting point for all the walks in on the metal bridge over Ouse Dyke at the entrace to the nature reserve (reached by footpath from Teal Close).

Here’s a list of the walks planned to take place throughout 2018:

Monday 9th April, 14.00 hrs – Bird Walk, Migrants

See what migrants are about. If we are lucky we might find a Redstart or Wood Warbler.

Sunday 15th April, 09.30 hrs – Bird Walk, Migrants

See what migrants are about. If we are lucky we might find a Redstart or Wood Warbler.

Tuesday 15th May, 14.00 hrs – Warbler Walk

Most of the Warblers should be in now. Come and familiarise yourself with ten Warbler species, their songs and calls.

Sunday 20th May, 09.30 hrs – Warbler Walk

Most of the Warblers should be in now. Come and familiarise yourself with ten Warbler species, their songs and calls.

Friday 25th May, 14.00 hrs – Wildlife Walk

There should be plenty to see with most birds now breeding, plenty of insects and flowers.

Sunday 27th May, 09.30 hrs – Wildlife Walk

There should be plenty to see with most birds now breeding, plenty of insects and flowers.

Saturday 2nd June – 09.30 hrs – Orchid Walk

The Orchids should all be in flower, with up to five species to find.

Monday 4th June – 14.00 hrs – Orchid Walk

The Orchids should all be in flower, with up to five species to find.

Tuesday 12th June – 14.00 hrs – Wildlife Walk

If we are blessed with a hot, sunny day then there should be plenty of insects and flowers to see. Of course we will keep an eye out for anything else of interest as well.

Sunday 17th June – 09.30 hrs – Wildlife Walk

If we are blessed with a hot, sunny day then there should be plenty of insects and flowers to see. Of course we will keep an eye out for anything else of interest as well.

Tuesday 10th July – 14.00 hrs – Butterfly Walk

Again, sunny weather is important to maximise our chances to see a good range of species. Browns, Whites, Skippers and Blues should be about.

Sunday 15th July – 09.30 hrs – Butterfly Walk

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Again, sunny weather is important to maximise our chances to see a good range of species. Browns, Whites, Skippers and Blues should be about.

Friday 20th July – 14.00 hrs – Insect Safari

This walk is aimed at people with an interest in finding insects. Sunshine will aid our cause and perhaps some new species will be added to the site list.

Sunday 22nd July – 09.30 hrs – Insect Safari

This walk is aimed at people with an interest in finding insects. Sunshine will aid our cause and perhaps some new species will be added to the site list.

PICTURED: A Bee Orchid which was snapped during one of the guided walks at Netherfield Lagoons

Sunday 29th July 09.30 hrs – Dragonfly Walk

We could see up to ten of the eighteen species regularly seen on the reserve.

Monday 30th July 14.00 hrs – Dragonfly Walk

We could see up to ten of the eighteen species regularly seen on the reserve.

Sunday 5th August 09.30 hrs – Pond Dipping

This activity is aimed at children and can make a very enjoyable outing. Bring a net and see what creepy-crawlies are lurking in the water.

Tuesday 7th August 14.00 hrs – Pond Dipping

This activity is aimed at children and can make a very enjoyable outing. Bring a net and see what creepy-crawlies are lurking in the water.

Friday 17th August 14.00 hrs – Wildlife Walk

The warmest, and we hope sunniest, part of summer. Butterflies, Dragonflies, Crickets should all be about and there might be some migrant birds coming through as well.

Sunday 19th August 09.30 hrs – Wildlife Walk

The warmest, and we hope sunniest, part of summer. Butterflies, Dragonflies, Crickets should all be about and there might be some migrant birds coming through as well.

Sunday 23rd September 09.30 hrs – Bird Walk

We will be looking for passage migrants and early winter birds returning.

Monday 24th September 14.00 hrs – Bird Walk and Starling Murmuration

We will be looking for passage migrants and early winter birds returning. As evening draws in we will retire to the Causeway to watch the Starlings coming in to roost. Possible Barn Owls as well.

Sunday 30th September 09.30 hrs – Plant Gall Walk

A chance to see how insects modify vegetation in order to give themselves a home.

Sunday 2nd October 14.00 hrs – Plant Gall Walk

A chance to see how insects modify vegetation in order to give themselves a home.

Friday 12th October 14.00 hrs – Bird Walk and Starling Murmuration

We will be looking for passage migrants and early winter birds returning. As evening draws in we will retire to the Causeway to watch the Starlings coming in to roost. Possible Barn Owls as well.

For more information, please contact Mark Glover:

Email: markglover2010@gmail.com

Or tel: 07850 768337

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