Welcome to the Gedling Conservation Trust
The Gedling Conservation Trust (GCT) was set up in 2005 to take over the ownership of the Netherfield Lagoons, Nottinghamshire from UK Coal, after they became redundant with the closure of Gedling Pit. The GCT then applied to English Nature to have the site designated as a Local Nature Reserve, so that its importance as a wildlife conservation site would be acknowledged and by-laws could be set up to protect it.
Now the Trust manages the Netherfield Lagoons Local Nature Reserve (on the outskirts of Nottingham) and has a part time manager who works to maintain the biological diversity and interest of the site. GCT receives no government or Local Authority funding and is seeking funds to ensure the future of the site.
The Trust is prepared to take on other sites within the borough which have a wildlife interest that would benefit from their intervention.
Please always remember to respect Social Distancing and follow the current Government Guidelines, which can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Help Support The Trust
NEW IMPORTANT APPEAL
As visitors to the site will have noticed, we urgently need improved signage at the lagoons. The current signs are now very old and have been subject to vandalism over the years.
We have secured some funding towards the cost but we still have a way to go. We have to use vandal proof material which is very expensive and the recent rise in prices generally means we still need to raise £2,000
We are appealing for donations to help with the cost of these badly needed signs. Any amount you are able to donate would be appreciated.
If you would like to help, please make a contribution by clicking the donate button below.
News and Recent Sightings(and Monthly Bird Counts)
Monthly bird counts are held on the second Sunday of every month, meeting at the end of Teal Close (opposite the CEM building). We monitor the site’s birds and it is a great way for beginners to get involved with bird identification, led by experienced (and friendly!) birders.
Monthly bird count results
Species Found at the
See which species have so far been found at the lagoons. If you want to identify a species click on ‘Identify a Species’ and see if you can find it there.
Calendar of Events
There should be eight species of duck to see and the walk will be finished off by watching the Starling murmuration as they come to roost in the reed beds. Of
course this depends on the co-operation of the Starlings. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve
There should be eight species of duck to see and the walk will be finished off by watching the Starling murmuration as they come to roost in the reed beds. Of course this depends on the co-operation of the Starlings. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve
Fungi come in a bewildering variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Let us introduce you to the reserve’s mycological hot-spots. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve.
The Birding Year at the Netherfield Lagoons
The lagoons are a great place to start off the New Year, a refreshing walk to re-invigorate you after the holiday festivities will often be rewarded by some excellent birds.
Use our map to take a guided walk around the Netherfield Lagoons Local Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, including points of interest and details of some of the wildlife on offer at the reserve.