Toton Residents Go Wild At Local Nature Reserve

Toton Residents Go Wild At Local Nature Reserve

05/09/18 - TOTON RESIDENTS celebrated Toton Field Local Nature Reserve last week, as part of a special Wild About Toton event to officially open improvements to access and habitats on the site.

Nest Box Making will Gill Grievson (Nottinghamshire Greenwood), Isla Heyes, Megan Williams and Norman Lewis MBE (Friends of Toton Fields).Over 500 people joined Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Derek Burnett BEM for activities for all ages including:

  • Making clay creatures and hats from local materials
  • Digging to find animal bones they could identify with the help of experts
  • The Friends of Toton Fields and local people launched their new book at the event, Wild About Toton
  • Local groups provided displays on bats, bees and pollinators, hedgehogs and fungi, with archaeology and history covered from Saxon times onwards, including a display on the archaeological dig to rediscover the manor house and water mill.
  • Bird, wildflower and a special bat walk using detectors to identify the species inhabiting the reserve
  • A moth trapping and identification session which went on will into the evening.
  • Throughout the day a chainsaw sculptor was busy working to carve two large logs, which when complete, will feature a kingfisher and otter, along with other wildlife found in the area.

Norman Lewis MBE, Chair of the Friends of Toton Fields Group said: “The Friends of Toton Fields were very pleased with the input and cooperation from Broxtowe Borough Council, both towards the event and with the work of the Environment Team in the habitat and access improvement projects. It was great to see so many young people present and participating, hopefully this interest will persist into their teenage years and beyond, as this age group was not so well represented. The Mayor and Mayoress were fantastic, staying at the event for a long while, engaging with the exhibitors and in particular the young people attending. For those not able to attend the book will give a good introduction into what the site has to offer.”

Jeremy Linden (Groundwork) Graham Heal (FoTF), Peter Leadbeater (Sculptor) Dave Wadsley (BBC) The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Gill Morrall (FoTF) Norman Lewis MBE (FoTF) Groundwork present Friends with cheque for £8000 towards path and access improvements on the Local Nature ReserveThe event, sponsored by United Living (North) and East Midlands Efficiency (EEM), was the culmination of two projects to improve access and habitat on the site.

Working in partnership the Friends of Toton Fields, Broxtowe Borough Council were able to attract over £25,000 of funding from Tesco “Bags of Help” and Wetland Landscapes For All, to improve paths and access, allowing a wider range of the local community to enjoy the site, whilst creating pond and marsh habitat that will benefit many species of wildlife including the threatened water vole.

The Friends Group are always keen to welcome new members, if you would like to get more involved in your local wildlife sites please get in touch - to find out more please visit the Friends of Toton Fields Website. (Opens in a New Window)

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