Gotham Nature Reserve

Gotham Nature Reserve

This year we began to catalogue the insects of the GNR and focused on butterfly diversity.

Between May and September, fifteen species of butterfly were found in the grassland portion of the site, higher than anywhere else in the vicinity. This may be an underestimate, as surveys began a couple of months into the butterfly season, with a break during the school summer holidays. The numbers of butterflies counted on the site, were far higher than anywhere else, indicating that the management of the site is helping to maintain and enhance the biological diversity of the GNR. A full written report will be produced over the winter months. Despite the prolonged hot summer, growth on the reserve was prolific and work parties began the task of bringing this under control in mid-October.

Many thanks to Neil Glenn, who led a party of birdwatchers around the GNR and surrounding areas on a beautiful sunny September day, followed by an enjoyable lunch in the Cuckoo Bush. Neil is conducting another Bird Watch for the Notts Wildlife Trust on 9th January 2019, meeting in the Memorial Hall Car Park at 10.00am.

The walk is highly recommended and will take place whatever the weather. We’d like to encourage everyone to join the Gotham Nature Reserve Trust. It’s FREE and you can get involved as much or as little as you like. Whatever your interest, please email Pat Clarke gnr.secretary@hotmail.co.uk