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

Thank you!

Target reached! A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our appeal to refurbish the steps to the Netherfield Lagoons.

The materials have been ordered and work will begin as soon as possible. Thanks to the generous donations we are able to replace them with no maintenance, sustainable recycled plastic boards (similar material to the benches on our site).

We cannot wait to begin these improvements to keep the site safe and accessible for everyone who enjoys our wonderful reserve.

Thank you again from everyone at the Trust.

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
    Apr 9 @ 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.
    Bird Walk – Migrants
    Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Some summer migrants may already be in and there could be some passage migrants passing through. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve.

    Bird Walk – Migrants
    Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Some summer migrants may already be in and there could be some passage migrants passing through. Meet at the footbridge onto the reserve.

    Dawn to Dusk – Patchwatch
    Apr 23 all-day

    Lets see how many species of bird we can record in a day. Come along at what-ever time you want and for as long as you want. Just be sure to give your sightings to Pete or, if you miss him, send them to Jenny. Some spring mornings there are a lot of migrants passing through and a bit of drizzle could make some of them stop on the reserve until it passes.

    Warbler Walk
    May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Up to ten species of Warbler could be singing on the reserve, plus some other summer visitors and residents. 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.