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near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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Today (5th October, 2021), The Wildlife Trusts publish a new report that, for the first time, calls for people’s access to nature to be set in law. Planning – a new way forward: how the planning system can help our health, nature and climate, comes at a critical time for the Government’s Planning White Paper and the recently announced “pause” on planning reform. To read the above report click on Planning and to read the associated press release, click here...

Climate action needs nature. Nature needs climate action. Neither will succeed if we don’t prepare for a changing world. Read the Wildlife Trusts’ updated COP26 report here...

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservation charity is delighted to announce that Cerebrus Associates is continuing their Business Partnership with the Trust for the third year. The Trust is delighted to be one of several organisations that Cerebrus supports. Read the press release here...

Notts Wildlife Trust Fund for farmers to connect wildlife habitats announced in conjunction with Severn Trent Water. Read their 12th May, 2021 Press release here...

Notts Wildlife Trust are aiming to reintroduce beavers to Idle Valley Reserve!

A major step forward has been the the licence, issued by Natural England, meaning that the Trust is on course to bring beavers back to Nottinghamshire this September. Click on the beaver to read the Press Release about this licence.

For FAQs click here... and here for results of results of public consultation on the project.

Idle Valley Reserve has re-opened their cafe - read their press release here...

Notts Wildlife Trust is delighted to announced the successful nominees in the charity’s 2020/21 Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards supported by EDF. Read their April 2021 press release here...

Notts Wildlife Trust are objecting to planning extension linked to shale gas exploration next to fragile nature reserve to be refused.
Click here to read their press release (3rd March, 2021).

Long-eared Owls are one of the species on the site adjacent to the possible fracking site

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has issued an urgent call for volunteers to help get its visitor reception, café and shop reopened at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve after a difficult year. Read their latest press release here...


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Press Release (20th October, 2020) explores Public fears over ‘build, build, build’ policy highlight failings of Government’s proposed planning reforms. To read their whole press release click here...

NWT’s latest survey (25th October, 2020) of the value of people’s connection with nature as well as fears and aspirations for the environment brought into sharp focus by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts’ Lockdown Survey/ Read it here...

Why not visit Idle Valley Nature Reserve - just outside Retford on North Road?

Notts Wildlife Trust is thrilled to announce the birth of quads!

Click on picture of Mum delivering her fourth lamb for much more!

The trust is also grateful to EDF for supporting their latest Wildlife on Your Doorstep Awards. Read more about this here...

Notts Wildlife Trust press release (7th September, 2020) here...

Notts Wildlife Trusts’s events and activities for January through to April, 2020 here...

tommee tippee supports Idle Valley Nature Reserve to keep #everychildwild.
Read the full 21st September, 2019 press release here...

Hibernation, Migration and Citizen Science for 8-12 year olds - click here for details...

For up-to-date details, visit their website here...

Wildlife What’s On - July-August, 2019

Idle Valley - What’s on - September-December, 2019

Following just received (11th June, 2019):

Staff and visitors to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature  Reserve near Retford were eagerly waiting to see whether barn owls would successfully nest in a specially installed nest box when they were surprised to see that another bird of prey had taken up residence. Viewers watching the footage from the nest box camera in the cafe had already witnessed the barn owl evicting a brave pigeon from the box, only for the owl itself to be ousted.

Kestrels rarely make their own nests and often take over nests from species such as crows but they readily use nest boxes. Adults often remain loyal to  successful nest sites so visitors to the Idle Valley may have to get used to seeing kestrels on the camera and  the Wildlife Trust may have to find a new location for a barn owl box!

Five healthy chicks were ringed by volunteers from the North Notts Ringing Group - suggesting that the adult birds have had little difficulty finding food such as voles this spring. In years where vole numbers are low many kestrels fail to rear any chicks.

The chicks will leave the nest shortly, travelling further and further from the safety of the box with adults continuing to supply food whilst the youngsters learn the necessary skills to hunt their own food. Visitors to the centre at idle Valley near Retford can still view the chicks in the nest box and can claim it as one of their daily random acts of wildness during June for the Wildlife Trusts 30 days Wild campaign, allowing nature into everyones lives each day.

Call of the Wild! Conservation opportunities for 13-18yr old volunteers... read more here...

Wildlife Watch for 8-12 year olds - click on poster for

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - overview including facilities and how to find us.

The following ‘historical’ notices are retained on our site because they contain interesting material and give a flavour of the Centre.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve news release (30th May, 2013) - their award!

Idle Valley Nature Reserve: Discover Hedgehogs – Fostering and Food (30th May, 2013)

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for May-June, 2013

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for April-May, 2013

Idle Valley Nature Reserve - news for March-April, 2013
For more on the Hedgehog Awards click here... and for Wildlife Wetlands Passport click here.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve: new activities for Spring 2013.