Local Groups

There are a number of groups active across the Erewash Valley and beyond. Please let us know through our contact page if you know of any other groups:

Friends of Toton Fields

The aim of the Friends of Toton Fields is to study, make known, conserve, enhance and protect Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve (comprising parts of Manor Park Recreation Ground, Banks Road Open Space and land adjoining Toton Sidings) as a generally accessible place of natural interest and biodiversity.

Long Eaton Natural History Society

Watching and conserving local wildlife. LENS gives a warm welcome to all people who are interested in their natural surroundings.
From September to March, indoor meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, starting at 7.15pm in the Social Activities Annex of Long Eaton Public Library, Broad Street (off Tamworth Road), Long Eaton. A varied programme of talks is offered and members are encouraged to give talks and report interesting sightings. In the Summer outings are arranged to local places of interest.
Local records build up a picture of the biodiversity of our local area. These recordings are collated and published in the LENS wildlife report which is produced annually and forwarded to biological recording centres. LENS bulletin is produced twice a year to update members on local wildlife issues and events.

Friends of Colliers Wood

The Friends are people from the surrounding areas of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who enjoy being involved in the varied activities that are associated with Colliers Wood. Broadly, activities are aimed at encouraging the further use of this young country park for recreation, exercise and entertainment, whilst always maintaining a respect for the ecology that is at the root of its appeal.

Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group

Our group aims to promote the study and conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Derbyshire and their habitats.

We achieve this by:

  • raising awareness of the ecology and conservation needs of Derbyshire’s amphibians and reptiles
  • undertaking practical conservation projects
  • providing advice and information to the public
  • developing recording, monitoring and research initiatives
  • providing a forum for those interested in amphibians and reptiles working in partnership with other relevant organisations

Friends of Brinsley Headstocks

A local group covering Brinsley Headstocks – the link above takes you to an email contact, as there is no website at present.

Shipley Birdwatchers

Welcome to the Shipley Birdwatchers web site – we are a friendly group based in West Hallam, Derbyshire. If you are interested in wildlife and are in the area why not come along and enjoy bird and wildlife talks, local walks and our monthly outings to interesting wildlife sites further afield.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity run by local people for the benefit of local wildlife and is part of a national network of 47 local trusts working to protect wildlife.

The Trust runs its flagship Attenborough Nature Reserve which is located adjacent to the confluence of the River Erewash and the River Trent. Check out the link    http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

The Trust

  • Manages 40 nature reserves throughout the county, covering more than 1400 acres/570 hectares of land including woodland, wetland and meadow areas.
  • Manages a Register of Local Wildlife Sites in the county.
  • Advises local authorities and landowners on conservation issues.
  • Runs an extensive environmental education programme for schools.
  • Has more than 14,000 members, eight active local groups and seven Wildlife Watch groups (for younger members)
  • Produces a range of publications, from fact sheets and leaflets to a book on wildlife gardening and a Wildlife Walks book.

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society

The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Entomological Society is the East Midlands premier organisation for the study of moths and insects.

A key aim of the society is to promote the study and recording of moths, butterflies, insects and Land Arthropods within the two counties. The society is also in effect, both the Derbyshire moth group and the Nottinghamshire moth group and is home to the County moth recorders. Moth trapping and other events are run throughout the summer months.

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