Friday 11 November 2016, Pearson Centre, Beeston
Twenty-two people attended an engaging impromptu talk about Attenborough Nature Reserve by Mike Spencer, Trustee of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, on the evening of Friday 11 November.
Dating from 1966, the Reserve is one of the most important sites for nature conservation in the East Midlands. Centered on Attenborough, it extends over 360 acres from near Beeston lock in the east to the Derbyshire county boundary in the west, and all within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Prior to gravel extraction the land was rough grazing and willow.
Sand and gravel have been quarried for nearly 90 years, starting at the Beeston end, leaving ponds and islands that are home now to many species of wildlife. Cemex, the present owners, are in the process of winding up their operation and transferring ownership to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust who manage and operate the site. Gravel was last extracted in the late summer this year.
Already the familiar barges have slipped quietly away and the bridges connecting the manmade ponds will follow soon. As extraction moved west, bridges allowed barges to access the Attenborough screening plant directly from the new ponds without going down the Trent, but in doing so pollutants from the Erewash were able to spread the length of the Reserve. Over the next two years, as part of the transfer of ownership, bridges will be replaced by solid paths to create contaminant free lagoons. The screening plant is being dismantled now, reducing road traffic.
Active management is at the heart of protecting wildlife. The first hide was set up in the mid 1960s. A Tern platform followed in 1977, encouraging Common Tern to nest in profusion. From the outset there has been steady progress in attracting different wildlife species, predominantly birds; some from great distances. Otters have been present since 1999. More domesticated animals, including a rescue pony and sheep, are grazed as part of the management strategy to protect flora reverting to willow scrub. Access is restricted to parts of the Reserve to protect both flora and fauna.
Attenborough Nature Centre on Barton Lane provides education and visitor facilities. This eco-friendly building was opened in 2005 by David Attenborough. Awarded the Gold Award for sustainable tourism in 2007, it is listed in the top ten eco destinations in the world by BBC Wildlife Magazine. Other structures followed. In 2009 the tower hide was built, supplemented in 2012 by a ‘bat-box’ hide, and most recently by a Sand Martin hide. Much work is carried out by volunteers.
New species of every kind continue to be attracted, such as Mediterranean black-headed gulls, spotted in 2016. At a recent count there are 470 species of flower; 350 of fungi; 25 of butterfly; 500 of moths; 150 of bugs; 10 of bats; 250 of birds and 90 species of spider. There are even 120 species of weevil. Wildlife sightings are well documented both on site and on the Attenborough Nature Reserve webpage. There have been 2.5m visitors over the past ten years, with 30k children visiting annually and a 10m social media following, making the Attenborough Reserve one of the most popular visitor destinations in the East Midlands.
This was a most entertaining and informative evening raising many questions. We can look forward to Mike returning soon to talk specifically about the archaeology of the site. Hurry back!
Peter Robinson 30 November 2016
Group Name: Beeston & District Community First Responders
The Beeston & District Responders Group was set up in November 2012, with only two trained EMAS Responders, and one kit and one operational EMAS Call sign.
The Group has grown since we became fully Operational and we now have Eleven fully Trained EMAS Responders. Ten of which are now FPOS Level 3 who can attend Babies-New Born upwards and Falls and certain number of trauma calls.
By the end of the year 2016 the rest of the responders will be FPOS 9 (First Person On Scene) Level 3 Qualified.
The Group covers the following areas: Beeston, Chilwell, Bramcote, Toton, Attenborough, Stapleford& Long Eaton. Our areas of Operation are densely populated, with figures reaching 50,000 +, people in the Six areas of operation.
We do go to calls outside these areas when required when EMAS resources are stretched.
The Group has been busy fund raising since November 2012, and with the support of our local community, including other Charity groups and the help from local councilors and businesses, we have managed to raise enough funds to purchase Eight full response kits and De-Fibrillators (cost of approx £1850 per kit). We also have One adopted kit.
These kits have been attached to our now fully operation NINE EMAS Call-Signs, which as previously mentioned are operating in the above areas.
Two of our call signs also have new terrafix phones which are tracked by EMAS which in turn can give them our position and can send us to calls which are close to us at anytime.
The Group has also purchased each responder with a uniform, which includes a Hi-Visibility reflective winter jacket and a Polo shirt with our group’s emblem. We felt this necessary as it would provide the community with a view to our professional approach and make us easily identifiable.
Since the Group went operational in November 2012 up to the end of October 2016, the group has been logged on and available to attend Emergency calls within our Community for 7,227 hours and has attended over 2,731 Life Threatening 999 Calls on behalf of EMAS Trust.
245 of which were Cardiac Arrests and 22 ROSC and 1 ROSC to Hospital Discharge.
(ROSC =Return of Spontaneous Circulation).
We have also attended 80 calls where we have administered a drug called Salbutamol, which assists to help patient’s breath when suffering from respiratory problems.
The group has made a huge difference to our local community, helping people in their hour of need, prior to the arrival of an Ambulance crew.
On the 23rd April 2015 we achieved the following award from our local area.
I Beeston Awards 2015
Pride of Beeston Winner
For the 2017 Blue Plaques Booklet please click here:
Our next meeting will take place on Friday 10th February 2017 at The Pearson Centre Nuart Road, Beeston at 7.30pm.when the Speaker will be from the National Memorial Arboretum.
Members free – Guests £2.
BEESTON & DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY
FRIDAY 13th JANUARY 2017
We Wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year
and our first talk of the New Year is:-
A Talk By
ELAIN HARWOOD BA
THE PEARSON CENTRE
NUART ROAD BEESTON
Members Free Visitors £2.
TO BE HELD ON
FRIDAY, 14th OCTOBER 2016
starting with a short update on Beeston by John Delaney
THE PEARSON CENTRE
NUART ROAD BEESTON
A G E N D A
CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS
MINUTES OF A.G.M. HELD ON 13th November 2015
THE TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT & FINANCIAL STATEMENT
ELECTION OF OFFICERS –
ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ELECTION OF INDEPENDENT EXAMINER
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
DATE OF NEXT A.G.M.
CHAIRS REPORT 2015 – 16.
We have had another successful year in many respects. We have had a full committee and a new Acting Treasurer, Rob Murphy, joined us in the Spring.
The Talks at The Pearson Centre have on the whole been well attended and of varied interest to our members, we try to keep as near to our interests as possible but will always welcome suggestions for a speaker new to us. We have had representatives from the Planning Department, Nigel Adams from the Hope Church also a Transport Talk where 13 different companies were represented; we try to keep people informed as to what is going on. Other talks included Ian Harvey from Civic Voice coming along to enthuse and encourage us in our endeavours to keep track of what is happening in Beeston and James McCloskey gave a very interesting talk on The History of Chetwynd Barracks. The Coffee Mornings are sometimes well attended and sometimes not. We had a very successful one when the Broxtowe Parks and Open Spaces Officer, Chris Riley, came to speak to us about upgrading the Children’s Play area at Broadgate Park, about 40 people came along, it was a very lively morning, this was followed by him joining us at The Carnival on July 9th to do a paper consultation with the general public. We intend to invite people possibly twice a year, to come and talk to us at the Coffee Morning as this attracted a different audience who may not have attended an evening meeting, the Highfields Ranger has expressed an interest in coming one Saturday.
Many Congratulations are due to the Blue Plaques Group, officially called Sothern Broxtowe Blue Plaque Group, who have been working hard for the last 7 years to get the magnificent publication out to great acclaim. The small group was initially Peter Robinson, Steven Wallwork and Robin Phillips and other Societies joined in later. The initial print run of several thousand is just about gone having been distributed mainly locally to Libraries, Council Offices, Shops and Cafes, the Nottingham Tourist Office, and other areas that have requested them. A very successful Launch and Thank You party was held at the Town Hall in July and attended b y the Mayor and other dignitaries and also Sir Neil Cossons attended and made a speech. I still hope that we may yet get a trail board organised and placed somewhere in Beeston, a tourist attraction.
The HOD weekend was once again an amazing success somewhat spoilt on the Saturday by the morning rain but very well attended everywhere. It stretched from Thursday to Sunday and there were many taking in venues. The local HOD event is one of the largest in the country and we should be rightly proud there is so much to see here in our area. The HOD team comprising members of a few different Societies deserve our thanks for organising this major event in our calendar, which keeps growing and growing each year. The booklet is always very well received and this year 10,000 were printed and distributed all over the County. This year two of the team are stepping down and we need new people to come along and help, we do have a jobs list split down into sections so if you might be interested please contact us. This is not a year round job, it goes from late January to September, you do not have to be a member of any committee, just interested in HOD.
I would like to thank Prof John Beckett for his organised walks, always popular, always very interesting and a highlight of our summer programme.
There is always space for some fresh ideas, trips for instance? Would any people be interested in trips or are some of you too busy with U3A? Any ideas you may have for events we are always happy to hear them.
We have updated the website a little bit, it now has a calendar you may find useful. We have also set up on facebook our own site called Beeston Voice, this is where people can post and we can interact with them, make comments etc. We also have our Website on facebook too.
Some members have attended workshops put on by the Council and we continue to have a good relationship with Council Officers.
The Planning sub- committee continues to monitor and comment on planning applications within our area of interest .Although we may seem to place particular emphasis on those in conservation areas, on listed buildings such as the Grange and the Parish Church, and large scale developments such as at Boots, Plessey we also look at those in residential areas, the Green Belt and protected open space such at Bramcote Ridge and of course those in the Town Centre.
Thank you for your input to everyone standing down from the Committee. We have had new publicity materials made this summer and they look very professional with banners and new stands, also a feather flag so you can see us in the distance, particularly useful at the Carnival. Our Membership continues to grow and we invite anyone who is interested enough to join us as a member to consider getting involved in any organisational capacity, not necessarily as a member of the committee .A small but important job is for a note taker at our Public Talks so we can put this information into the Newsletter. We hope also to be asking members to help in a joint project with the U3A and Broxtowe Council researching possible additions to a list of non designated heritage assets.
After a full year at our new venue, The Pearson Centre, we hope you are all happy with it, we have used a variety of rooms commensurate with the size of our expected audience.
NOTE The AGM will be proceeded by a 15 minute update of what is happening in Beeston by the Broxtowe Council Estates Manager. This does not include Phase 2.( The Square and old bus station)