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.

Help Support The Trust

We urgently need £300 to purchase a Tree Popper – a vital piece of equipment to help maintain the reedbeds at the lagoons as a fantastic habitat for the species that live there. Tree Poppers are very efficient and last for many, many years. Please help us with this vital appeal.


News and Posts

December. We are really happy to re-launch our website and hope you like the new look and improved navigation. Please sign up to our facebook and twitter accounts (above) and let us know your sightings and any ideas for improving the nature reserve. We are now able to accept donations via the website (see top right of this page) and we hope you will consider helping the work of the trust by making a contribution.

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

Calendar of Events

    Volunteer Work Morning
    Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    If you would like to help with some of the management work come along in the morning. We meet inside the metal gates in the small car park. 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.
    Insect Safari
    Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    A chance to visit some areas off the path to see what is lurking there. Be prepared for mud and brambles. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve.

    Insect Safari
    Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    A chance to visit some areas off the path to see what is lurking there. Be prepared for mud and brambles. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve.

    Balsam Bashing – Friday 26th July
    Jul 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Mapperley Golf Course Car Park (entrance at the end of Central Avenue, off Plains Road NG3 5LD). Start time: 9.30 am:

    We meet in the car park. This session is all on dry land and involves pulling plants out – for those who have not done this before, it is easy work as the plants are small at the moment with shallow roots. Gloves are essential as there are nettles about as well (I will have a limited number of pairs).

    The golf course is the main source of the seeds that spread down stream each year so we need to completely eradicate the balsam from here if we are to reach a permanent solution.

    Together, we are really making a difference at the dyke and the wildlife is getting a chance to flourish.

    Dragonfly Walk
    Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Up to ten species should be on the wing. 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.

    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.

    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.