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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.

COVID-19

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

Our exciting new project for 2024 is to create a number of Floating Plant Islands at the lagoons. These islands encourage a balanced ecology both above and below the waterline and provide an instant habitat for small animals, fish and insects and are a valuable to resource for the rare waterfowl that visit the site.

The islands can be made from readily available environmentally friendly materials and household recycled materials. They will be constructed by our team of volunteers. The estimated cost of each island will be around £1500, around a tenth of the cost of a commercially manufactured island. We have already secured £1000 towards the project so we can begin work on the prototype.

We would like to produce as many of these islands as possible but are aiming for at least 3 so we are looking to raise £4500 initially. If you would like to help make this happen, any amount you are able to donate towards this exciting new project will be greatly 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

    Aug
    11
    Sun
    Monthly Bird Count
    Aug 11 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 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.
    Sep
    8
    Sun
    Monthly Bird Count
    Sep 8 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 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.

    Oct
    13
    Sun
    Monthly Bird Count
    Oct 13 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 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.

    Nov
    10
    Sun
    Monthly Bird Count
    Nov 10 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 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.

    Dec
    8
    Sun
    Monthly Bird Count
    Dec 8 @ 7:45 am – 12:00 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.

    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.