Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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Why not visit Idle Valley Nature Reserve - just outside Retford on North Road?

Notts Wildlife Trust is thrilled to announce the birth of quads!

Click on picture of Mum delivering her fourth lamb for much more!

The trust is also grateful to EDF for supporting their latest Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards. Read more about this here...

Latest Notts Wildlife Trust press release (7th September, 2020) here...

Notts Wildlife Trusts’s events and activities for January through to April, 2020 here...

tommee tippee supports Idle Valley Nature Reserve to keep #everychildwild.
Read the full 21st September press release here...

Hibernation, Migration and Citizen Science for 8-12 year olds - click here for details...

For up-to-date details, visit their website here...

Wildlife What’s On - July-August, 2019

Idle Valley - What’s on - September-December, 2019

Following just received (11th June, 2019):

Staff and visitors to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature  Reserve near Retford were eagerly waiting to see whether barn owls would successfully nest in a specially installed nest box when they were surprised to see that another bird of prey had taken up residence. Viewers watching the footage from the nest box camera in the cafe had already witnessed the barn owl evicting a brave pigeon from the box, only for the owl itself to be ousted.

Kestrels rarely make their own nests and often take over nests from species such as crows but they readily use nest boxes. Adults often remain loyal to successful nest sites so visitors to the Idle Valley may have to get used to seeing kestrels on the camera and the Wildlife Trust may have to find a new location for a barn owl box!

Five healthy chicks were ringed by volunteers from the North Notts Ringing Group - suggesting that the adult birds have had little difficulty finding food such as voles this spring. In years where vole numbers are low many kestrels fail to rear any chicks.

The chicks will leave the nest shortly, travelling further and further from the safety of the box with adults continuing to supply food whilst the youngsters learn the necessary skills to hunt their own food. Visitors to the centre at idle Valley near Retford can still view the chicks in the nest box and can claim it as one of their daily random acts of wildness during June for the Wildlife Trusts 30 days Wild campaign, allowing nature into everyones lives each day.

Call of the Wild! Conservation opportunities for 13-18yr old volunteers... read more here...

Wildlife Watch for 8-12 year olds - click on poster for

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - overview including facilities and how to find us.

The following ‘historical’ notices are retained on our site because they contain interesting material and give a flavour of the Centre.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve news release (30th May, 2013) - their award!

Idle Valley Nature Reserve: Discover Hedgehogs – Fostering and Food (30th May, 2013)

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for May-June, 2013

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for April-May, 2013

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for March-April, 2013
For more on the Hedgehog Awards click here... and for Wildlife Wetlands Passport click here.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve: new activities for Spring 2013.