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

We are currently seeking funding for the following to help improve habitat and also for ongoing repairs:

  • A barn owl nest box, post and installation. Cost: £200
  • A tawny owl nest box, post and installation. Cost: £180
  • 10 Black Bitumen Corrugated Roof Sheets to provide shelter for reptiles and small mammals. Cost: £75
  • Standard bird nest box. Cost £20 each
  • ‘Woodstone’ long-lasting bat boxes. Cost £50 each
  • Fence posts including installation. Cost: £15*

Any help you are able to give to any of these appeals would be very much appreciated.
Read more and please donate here >


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

Recent Sightings

Species Found at the
Netherfield Lagoons

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

    Monthly Bird Count
    Jul 10 @ 7:45 am – 1:00 pm
    Come and join us on a bird count. This is a good way for beginners to gain experience and to find out more about the site. Meet at the end of Teal Close, opposite the CEM factory gates, at 07.45 hrs.
    Insect Safari
    Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    There should be lots of insects and other wildlife to see. Meet at the metal bridge onto the reserve.

    Volunteer Work Morning
    Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    If you are able to help please come along in the morning. We meet inside the metal gates in the small car park at 09.00hrs. Park on Teal Close and walk along the Ouse Dyke to the footbridge. Follow the Willow Walk and you will arrive at the car park. Please be on time so that we can allocate tools to you. Wear stout shoes and thorn-proof gloves. Remember to follow the social distancing guidelines.

    Insect Safari
    Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    There should be lots of insects and other wildlife to see. Meet at the metal bridge onto the reserve.

    Dragonfly Walk
    Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Twenty-two species of Dragonfly and Damselfly have so far been recorded on the reserve. Not all will still be flying, but some of the largest species should be flying today. Meet at the metal bridge 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.

    Guided Walks

    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.