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

2024 Calendar Launched

New for this year, we have produced a calendar of photographs taken at the lagoons. “A Year at the Netherfield Lagoons – a Jewel in Gedling’s Crown” features 12 beautiful photographs taken by visitors to the site.

As well as making a wonderful Christmas gift, it is a lovely reminder of just how special the lagoons are for everyone who enjoys visiting. For a donation of just £6.50 (or more, of course!) it can be posted directly to you.

By clicking on the donate button below you can get a sneak peak of the calendar, and place your order.

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

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.