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November 30, 2011 in Latest News by ChrisLuv


I have emailed everyone who wanted a calendar, only a few days to order. If you don’t have an email from me and want a calendar then let me know asap and I’ll contact you. Thanks to all those who have already got back to me.

To preview the use the following link for the £10 Truprint one…..(half shown price using a code), you will have to create a truprint account to view it, but this is free. I will order in bulk to save delivery, unless you particularly want to order yourself.

The photobox ones I can’t share, but they have a much more customizable layouts, here are a few screenshots (ignore the boxes round the rectangles). Unfortunately at £18 you have to pay for the better quality.

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Snow Buntings And Friends.

November 30, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by PaulS

Not a bad afternoon over at Salthouse. Lovely sunny weather for a change but a wee bit chilly to say the least.

Here’s some shots of the Snow Buntings. Now these are one rock hard bird. Not only do they breed around the artic circle they come to Norfolk for the “balmy” winters!! These little chaps rule. I was only out for an hour and was frozen to the bone. Mind you I was lying in a slightly damp, slightly smelly waders pool. Oh the glamorous life of a wildlife photographer.

Anyway, enough chit chat. Here’s the shots. Buntings, Turnstone, BH Gull and Redshank.



Shipley Hill and Mapperley 30/11/2011

November 30, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Lovely day, cold though (only one more day until I allow myself the gloves…).

At Shipley Hill a Kestrel, and another over Smalley opencast site. Scanning to the East and South, another Kestrel, a Buzzard and 3 sightings of Sparrowhawk soaring over Nutbrook valley, all being mobbed by Crows. Shipley Wood birds were scarce, but heard 2 G S Woodpecker and 2 Nuthatch. Wee Goldcrest in Yews, and small Tit flock. Jay calling.

Mapperley Reservoir had 6 GC Grebes (two kept fighting), 9 Cormorants, 12 Tuftie and a single, duck Goosander. Coal Tits in bushes close by.

Despite the date no birds from North of the Border, not even a wandering Goldie…


Shipley Sightings

November 30, 2011 in Read Posts, Sightings by davejsblog


Went looking for wild geese today at Shipley, walked along Slack Lane but none to be seen, but I did find three  Goosander on Mapperley Reservoir. I also noticed wildfowl numbers down a little at Shipley Lake.

Shipley Lake. 110 Wigeon, 60 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Cormorant, 250 Black-headed gull. Mapperley Reservoir. 3 Goosander [females] 7 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Cormorant, Grey Heron. Woodside NR. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl.

Ten quick questions – your input needed to improve EVW

November 29, 2011 in Latest News by ChrisLuv

Hi all. Time marches on and Erewash Valley Wildlife is nearly two years old. Over that time we’ve tried to improve add new features and content but things have remained generally constant. The “group” remains an online community with informal trips organised between online friends.

Over time our membership has grown, we get over 500 people visit the site each month, and have at least ten regularly contribute, with people inquiring more and more frequently about how they can get involved.

So its time for you to have your say, how can we improve the site and community. Please, please take 5 mins of your day to contribute to this survey and hopefully we can improve the site together to turn it into something everyone benefits from.

Click here to take survey

Any problems let me know using the comments below.

NB – the survey has three pages and ten questions. I’ve noticed some people have only got to page 1 or page 2 then stopped answering the questions. Just click next at the bottom of each survey page to continue to the next page.

Notts sightings for Sat 26th Nov (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

November 28, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Girton Pit Complex - 1 Great Northern Diver [juvenile on Sailing Lake], 1 Red-crested Pochard [drake on Sailing Lake].
  • Idle Valley Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape].
  • Hoveringham - Greater White-fronted Goose.
  • Sookholme - White Stork.

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Notts sightings for Sun 27th Nov (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

November 28, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Costock - 37 European Golden Plover, c.300 Fieldfare.
  • Highfields Lake - Goosander [large group].
  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - Tween Pond: 2 Egyptian Goose. Clifton Pond: 1 Common Goldeneye [male], 1 Smew [female], 1 Common Snipe, 20+ Eurasian Teal, 20+ Eurasian Wigeon, 100+ Northern Lapwing, Grey Heron, 5+ Cormorant.
  • Sookholme - White Stork.
  • Girton Gravel Pits - Great Northern Diver [juvenile still on Sailing Lake].

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Notts sightings for Mon 28th Nov (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

November 28, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Kinoulton - Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.4 Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, c.6 Chaffinch, 12 Fieldfare, Wren, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Skylark.

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Straw’s for 15mins 28/11/2011

November 28, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Quick dash, again. I’m just not in the same league as you guys and your sightings, it would seem!

Anyway, only diving ducks on Straw’s were two Tufties. Two Common Gull back in residence. GCG on Manners and 11 LTTits flitted across and a Siskin called. One or two Fieldfare and Redwing at Peewit Carr and a single Jay.

Must try harder…


Bennerley and Chat Corner

November 28, 2011 in Home, Read Posts, Sightings by davejsblog

Bennerley Marsh


Took a quick turn around Bennerley and  Chat Corner today and things are still very dry, the only birds on the marsh proper were geese, the farmyard variety ! there were a couple of snipe on the coal plant, six Bullfinch and a Green Woodpecker though.

There was more to be had over at Chat Corner including a flock of Fieldfare, a few Grey Partridge and a hovering Buzzard. As birds go, Chat Corner seems to be the place to be, here at Bennerley.

Bennerley Marsh. 2 Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 25 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull,  6 Bullfinch, 4 Green Finch, Kestrel [f.] Chat Corner. 2 Kingfisher [Giltbrook bridge] 85 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Grey Partridge, Buzzard.