The Canal and River Trust / Lincs and Notts BNA
Canal and River Trust:
Imogen Wilde: Regional Ecologist
Linda Butterworth: Vital Nature Project Officer
Amanda Morgan: National Volunteer Co-ordinator
British Naturalists Association:
Dr Robert Tansey: Branch Organiser
Richard Hall: Assistant Branch Organiser
Dr Deb Adams: Branch Science Officer
The Canal and River Trust are in Partnership with the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Branch of the BNA. Our local north notts members have been undertaking wildlife surveys on sections of the Chesterfield Canal for the past 3 years.
In the summer of 2017 Imogen Wilde (C&R Trust East Midlands Ecologist) and Robert Tansey (BNA Branch Organiser/Chair) signed a Partner Group Agreement.
On the 1st of February 2018 Imogen gave a key to the Trusts Drakeholes Depot, to branch Deputy Organiser Richard Hall. This allows BNA members access to the shared facilities at the depot, kitchenette, toilets etc. The trust also provided the BNA with a new storage locker and a notice board.
We are presently organising a a regular fortnightly walk along sections of the Retford to West Stockwith section of the canal covering a SSSI section, to monitor and record all we see, be it amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, insects including butterflies and moths, and canal side plants and vegetation, and aquatic plants etc.
From Spring through to Autumn members will be conducting regular evening, moth trapping sessions, and bat detecting.
All activities conducted by the partnership team will be in accordance with agreements made with the Trust Ecologist Imogen Wilde, and will be managed and supervised by Dr Robert Tansey, his Deputy Richard Hall, and Science Officer Dr Debbie Adams. These are ably assisted by other team members including Microbiologist Spike Walker, mammal naturalist Andrew Barthorpe, Margaret Hamilton, and Tracey Hopkinson. Additional help from time to time from members Kevin Tansey B.Sc., and Bevan Adams.
We are currently checking out previously known sett sites adjacent to the east section of the Chesterfield Canal.
We will continue checking out previously known colony sites along the banks of the east section of the Chesterfield Canal.
We will be carrying out fortnightly recording of butterfly and day flying moths along sections of the east section of the Chesterfield Canal. from March onwards, please keep checking diary.
We are undertaking occasional mammal tracking assignments in various locations.
To be arranged.
Bat detecting will begin in March please keep checking the diary pages, anyone interesting in attending bat training sessions please contact Michael Walker of the Notts Bat Group.
We will be reporting our species records and other facts here in due course.